A new chapter has begun at Arsenal football club with the announcement of Spanish tactician and former Paris Saint-Germain boss Unai Emery as Arsene Wenger successor on a £6million-a-year deal with the Gunners, according to The Mirror.
Following an extensive search for who will take over the reins of the club after Wenger stepped down at the helm, Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis said Emery was the standout candidate for the role.
Emery, taking offer form Wenger after 22 years at the helm, will likely resume duties as Arsenal manager come this June.
Gazidis addressed the media alongside Emery today and admit Arsenal shortlisted eight person that included Manchester City coach Mikel Arteta, Juventus’ Massimiliano Allegri and ex-Barcelona manager Luis Enrique, according to the Evening Standard.
Former Arsenal star and captain Patrick Vieira was also touted to be Wenger replacement but as reported by Sky Sports, the New York City FC boss was reportedly upset by what was perceived a ‘token gesture’ from the club.
This led to former Arsenal legend turned BBC Sport, ITV Sport. and BT Sport pundit Ian Wright question the club’s authority of his former teammate, however, Wright also revealed his satisfaction with the new man in charge.
As reported via Sky Sports, Ian Wright said:
“It was disgraceful the way that was handled
“You can’t phone up a legend like Vieira – for what? For tokenism? Was it the Rooney rule? It’s embarrassing.
“If you are going for Emery or Arteta, just go for them. Don’t go and give Patrick a phone call. How does Patrick feel now?”
“I don’t take anything away from the fact that we’ve got a new man. I’m really happy. Arsenal fans are really happy from what I’ve seen so far.
“Maybe the hierarchy got a put off by the fact that everybody felt that Mikel was a little bit too inexperienced.
“I’m quite excited because change has come now – we should all just get on board and back him.”
It will be fascinating to see how the new Gunners manager stamps his identity at the Emirates and given his success in Spain and France in recent years, fans are optimistic this will all end well for the club.