(WFI) A new era is about to begin for Arsenal with a marked Spanish accent.
Unai Emery was introduced this Wednesday as the new coach of the North London club as the Spaniard replaces Arsene Wenger after more than two decades of the Frenchman’s reign as the Gunner manager.
Emery’s arrival at the Emirates Stadium was unforeseen by many considering the Spaniard’s recent exit from PSG where despite winning everything domestically, his contract was not renewed after he was unable to take the Qatari-owned team to the last stages of the Champions League.
Emery won the French Ligue title last season with Paris Saint-Germain in addition to two Coupes de France, two Coupes de Ligue and two Trophées des Champions titles during his two-year tenure at the French capital. But at the European level, PSG was eliminated – even humiliated – by Spanish teams at the round of 16 both seasons and that proved too costly for Emery to stay in France.
Unai Emery is only the second non-British manager in Arsenal history, after Wenger who departed this season following almost 22 years as manager.
Throughout his career, Emery has won 10 major honors as manager, especially in the last five season when he has always lifted a major trophy.
Arsenal’s chief executive Ivan Gazidis and majority owner Stan Kroenke have explained why the Gunners were so keen to hire the 46-year-old Spanish coach.
“His hard-working and passionate approach and his sense of values on and off the pitch make him the ideal person to take us forward,” explained Gazidis.
“We conducted a confidential, wide-ranging and rigorous search involving extensive background references, data and video analysis, and personal meetings with all the candidates we shortlisted, “ added Gazidis.
“We were unanimous in our choice of Unai to drive the next chapter of our history.” adds Arsenal’s Chief executive.
According to the British press, the new Arsenal coach signed a $8 million-a-year contract to become the Arsenal manager for the next three seasons. That’s about $2.66 million less per season than Wenger was making.
On the pitch, Emery will have many challenges especially improving his record against the top two managers in the last Premier League season. He’s never won a competitive game against Pep Guardiola (10 games) or Jose Mourinho (five games).
Homepage photo: Arsenal FC
By INSIDER Javier Monne
Your best source of news about the global football business is World Football INSIDER