Arsenal expected to announce Unai Emery appointment soon

Annette Crawford
May 22, 2018

Arsenal supporters can expect the former Almeria, Valencia and Spartak Moscow man to do similarly at the Emirates. The boss was the dressing room, and the second boss was the chairman.

Considering Arteta rejected the opportunity to take over at Arsenal due to the financial restrictions which would be placed on him, Bielderman was asked whether Emery would be frustrated by similar restrictions - such as the £50m transfer budget Arsenal's manager is said to have available this summer.

And Arsenal is a different situation and with a different ownership.

His success at Sevilla, where he won the Europa League three years running before his move to France, has always been noticed by the Emirates hierarchy.

At Sevilla it was more of a family environment.

Emery will get Arsenal more organised than they have been.

The French champions ripped Lyon apart 4-1 in their one semi-competitive outing in Emery's preferred 4-2-3-1 formation but as soon as it became obvious that his methods threatened certain established and comfortable stars, he was overruled.


"This was the style suited to PSG before he came, and he never succeeded in changing the style with the type of players he had". It looked like his philosophy - pressing high, running a lot, attacking a lot, defending a lot, full backs bombing forward.

Emery had to evolve a bit to accommodate his players, when it shouldn't have been like that - it should've been the players accommodating his philosophy.

Arsenal have not won the Premier League title since 2003-04, and, despite the arrival of Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in January, they face a tough task closing the widening gap on the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool, as well as London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham, having finished sixth in Wenger's final season at the helm.

At Sevilla, Emery and then-director of football Monchi did an wonderful job. Emery will be more natural in making and accepting the big decisions. At PSG he won the domestic trophies, it can be taken for granted, but the pressure to win is huge.

If you realise there is a rebuilding job to do, you need someone who will work on the training pitch to improve the players you have because there might not be much money to buy another 10 to 15 players.

Emery is the right guy for that. He was replaced by former Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel, who had also been linked with the Arsenal job.

"One of the saddest things was Arsenal getting in touch with Patrick, which was tokenism", he said.

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