Unai Emery has confirmed that Arsenal were considering offering him a new deal after the end of last season.
The former coach sat down for a lengthy interview about his time at the club, speaking to journalist Guillem Balague on his YouTube channel.
Emery said despite the end to the season which saw the Gunners fail to make the top four and lose the Europa League final to Chelsea, he and the Football Executive Committee were pleased with what he had produced.
There were rumours that Raul Sanllehi was keen to provide his compatriot with new terms, and those were confirmed by the 47 year old in the interview.
“It’s true that I was very satisfied with how things went, because I believe we learned how to become a team,” he said of his first season in charge.
“At times we were a team that shone, but more a team that was effective and competitive.
“A team that in general was what we were talking about as to the reasons Arsenal signed me.
“I believe we achieved that and just needed to make the final step. I had the feeling – and so did the club – that the achievements of the previous season were valued.
“We were now looking to how we could develop together, even to the point where they were looking to offer a renewed contract.”
Emery was sacked at the end of November, as the team’s form and confidence fell, and results became unsustainable.
It felt overdue, with the club beforehand privately briefing the press about ‘noise’ and ‘external atmosphere’, but in the end the decision was made and Mikel Arteta was appointed two weeks ago.
The full interview is worth a watch below: