Arsenal set to replace long-term manager Arsene Wenger with Unai Emery

  • Arsenal set to replace long-term manager Arsene Wenger with Unai Emery

Arsenal set to replace long-term manager Arsene Wenger with Unai Emery

The decision seems hinged on the experience Emery has compared to Manchester City's assistant manager, though sources claim Arteta wanted assurances over the role he will play in Arsenal's transfer policy.

Arteta had always been in the frame and is understood to have wanted assurances over the role he will play in Arsenal's transfer policy before agreeing to join the club as new head coach.

Unai Emery is expected to be announced as Arsenal's new manager in a press conference later this week after the Gunners board voted unanimously against the appointment of Mikel Arteta.

Emery left Paris Saint-Germain in the summer after winning one Ligue Un title and four domestic cups in his two seasons in charge.

According to the BBC, Arsenal voted unanimously in favour of appointing Emery and the Spaniard will be unveiled later this week.

Emery led PSG to a domestic treble before he was let go by the French club.

Unai Emery is set to be appointed as the new Arsenal manager later this week
GETTY Unai Emery is set to be appointed as the new Arsenal manager later this week

Other candidates included Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri and former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti, as well as former Arsenal players Arteta, Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira.

He has previously managed Sevilla, where he won three Europa League titles.

Emery won five trophies in Paris but the French club were humiliated when Barcelona turned round a 4-0 aggregate score to knock PSG out of the Champions League a year ago.

Arsenal have overseen a thorough search for their new manager, with chief executive Ivan Gazidis leading the process. Where's Unai Emery come from?

A sixth-placed finish in the Premier League, the Frenchman's worst-ever return, means the Gunners have failed to qualify for the Champions League for a second straight season.

His coaching ability will have to get going instantly and he will have to find some gems instantly.