ARSENAL officially announced former Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery as their new boss yesterday, handing him the daunting task of revitalising a club that has slipped well behind their Premier League rivals.
The Spaniard, who won the domestic treble with PSG this season, emerged as the shock favourite to replace Arsene Wenger earlier this week after it had appeared former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta was in line to land the job at the Emirates.
Wenger departed at the end of the season following a 22-year reign, with the club finishing sixth in the Premier League – 37 points behind champions Manchester City.
Arsenal will be wary of the turmoil at Manchester United after the departure of long-serving manager Alex Ferguson in 2013 but said the choice of Emery was unanimous.
“I am thrilled to be joining one of the great clubs in the game,” Emery, 46, told Arsenal’s website.
“Arsenal is known and loved throughout the world for its style of play, its commitment to young players, the fantastic stadium, the way the club is run.
“I’m very excited to be given the responsibility to start this important new chapter in Arsenal’s history.”
Chief executive Ivan Gazidis said the decision to appoint the former Valencia and Spartak Moscow boss had been unanimous.
Emery left PSG this month after winning Ligue 1 and four domestic cups in two seasons in the French capital.
It follows the appointments of Raul Sanllehi as head of football relations and Sven Mislintat as head of recruitment over the past year.
Before moving to France in 2016, Emery had a significant track record of success in Spain, winning three successive Europa League titles with Sevilla.
Arsenal have won three FA Cups in the past five seasons but have consistently failed to mount a credible title challenge since they were last crowned Premier League winners in 2004.