x

Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 20 June 2018

Arsenal set to appoint former PSG boss Unai Emery as replacement for Arsene Wenger

London club reported to have chosen the Spaniard, who steered Seville to three Europa League triumphs, as the man to take over after end of Wenger's 22-year stint

Unai Emery helped PSG to continue their domestic dominance, but his departure was assured when they failed to make significant headway in the Champions League for the second successive campaign. Gonzalo Fuentes / Reuters
Unai Emery helped PSG to continue their domestic dominance, but his departure was assured when they failed to make significant headway in the Champions League for the second successive campaign. Gonzalo Fuentes / Reuters

Arsenal are set to appoint former Paris Saint-Germain manager Unai Emery as the man to succeed Arsene Wenger.

Emery, who joined PSG in June 2016, left the French club at the end of this season, having led them to a domestic treble.

The 46-year-old Spaniard had previously been manager at Sevilla, who he steered to three Europa League triumphs.

Media reports in England on Monday claimed the recruitment process was led by Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis, head of football relations Raul Sanllehi and head of recruitment Sven Mislintat and that an announcement and a news conference was expected later this week.

Emery left PSG when his contract expired at the end of this season.

While he had helped them continue their domestic dominance, his departure was assured when they failed to make significant headway in the Uefa Champions League for the second successive campaign.

_______________

Read more

Arsene Wenger endorses Mikel Arteta to succeed him as Arsenal manager

Arsene Wenger reveals Arsenal tried to sign Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi

'Sad' Arsene Wenger backs successor to lead Arsenal to Premier League title

Richard Jolly: Post-Arsene Wenger Arsenal interested in signing Koulibaly

_______________

PSG, who have won five French league titles in six years, have struggled for success on the European stage.

Emery’s team were beaten in the last-16 of the Champions League by Real Madrid this season, despite breaking the world transfer record to sign Brazil striker Neymar, and were knocked out at the same stage last season by Barcelona.

Neymar was bought for €222 million (Dh960m) from Barcelona in the close season to help increase PSG’s chances of winning Europe’s elite club competition, and Emery was widely held responsible for their disappointing Champions League campaign.

Arsenal are searching for their first new manager since 1996 with Wenger departing at the end of this season after nearly 22 years at the North London club where he won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups.

An Arsenal spokesman declined to comment on the situation.