We hope you weren’t wed to the idea of Mikel Arteta becoming the new Arsenal manager.
According to the BBC’s David Ornstein, the Arsenal board have come to a unanimous decision on the identity of the club’s new head coach…and it’s Unai Emery, recently of Paris Saint Germain.
BREAKING: Arsenal to appoint Unai Emery as new manager. Thorough process produced 46yo Spaniard as unanimous choice. Available after leaving #PSG (1 Lg1 title, 4 cups), previously Sevilla (3 EL wins), not fluent English. Announcement + press conference likely later this week #AFC
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) May 21, 2018
The Spaniard won Ligue 1 and four domestic cups while at the Parc des Princes and thrice won the Europa League with Sevilla.
So, a football manager who has managed some football matches. That’s a positive. And less risky than a 36-year-old who hasn’t.
The 46-year-old has also had spells at Almeria, Valencia and Spartak Moscow. He also has a full head of hair, something which Ivan Gazidis appears to like.
Apparently, a press conference is scheduled for the end of the week. We wait with baited breath for more details.
This post-Wenger world is mad. And it’s only a few hours since the big man cleared his locker at London Conley.