Arsenal have confirmed the appointment of Unai Emery as the club’s new manager.
Emery emerged on Monday as a surprise choice to replace Arsène Wenger, after the former Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta had been favourite for the job. However, following a through recruitment process, the club’s heirachy opted for the man who recently led Paris Saint-Germain to the Ligue 1 title having also won three consecutive Europa League titles with Sevilla.
Emery arrives in north London with the brief of returning Arsenal to the Champions League after a two-season absence from the competition. The 46-year-old, who begun his management career in 2005 with Lorca Deportivo in his native Spain before taking charge of Almería, Valencia, Spartak Moscow, Sevilla and, in 2016, PSG, will also have to work within a specific management structure at the Emirates Stadium.
Put in place by chief executive, Ivan Gazidis, there are prominent recruitment roles for Raúl Sanllehí and Sven Mislintat. Emery is happy to operate within such a structure and will have around £50m, plus money from sales, to spend on transfers. He has been described as Arsenal’s head coach.
Emery’s first match in charge of Arsenal will be a pre-season friendly against Atlético Madrid in Singapore on 26 July. Two days later, Arsenal face Emery’s former side, PSG, in a friendly also in Singapore.