Unai Emery, ex-PSG boss is set to be appointed as Arsenal boss in a rather shocking twist of events, emerging from the Emirates.
Prior to this development, Ex Club Captain and current Assistant to Pep Guardiola, Mikel Arteta was said to be announced at some point this week, by reliable sources.
This shocking revelation has been met by less skeptical opinions than the proposed Arteta announcement.
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
To have an informed take on the matter, a closer look at Unai Emery’s credentials and football philosophy is a prime place to start.
Unai Emery acquired his coaching badges in 2005 whilst being a player at that time in Lorca Deportiva CF as a left sided midfielder.
He played most of his career football in the second division of The Spanish ?? La Liga as a youth product of Real Socicedad but for various teams.
With a total of 215 games played, he ended his career at the ripe age of 32 with 9 goals to show for it.
He went on to coach Lorca and guided them to their first ever promotion to the Segunda division in the 2004/05 season.
He almost got them promoted to the La Liga but for 5 points off qualification places with 69 points amassed that season.
Unai Emery went on to Almeria in division 2 and guided them to their first ever promotion to the La Liga in 2007. He would go on to finish the season in eighth place in the 2007/08 season.
He then moved to Valencia to replace former Everton boss Ronald Koeman at the end of the season and guided them the following season to a place in the Europa league by finishing sixth in the 2008/09 season, inspite of the club’s financial challenges.
Emery eventually led them to a third place finish in the next season thereby guiding them into the elite Champions League in the 2009/10 season.
He left the club in 2012 for a brief stint in Russia ?? as manager of Spartak Moscow before moving on to Sevilla.
At Sevilla, during his first full season in charge of the 2013/14 season, he guided them to what will become the first of the three consecutive Europa League trophies, making them the most successful club in that competition until now.
Emery eventually left for Paris St. Germain in June 2016 where he maintained their dominance in the league and orchestrated that famous 4-nil thrashing of Barcelona.
He has just parted ways with PSG after another successful season with them locally and is to be replaced by former Borussia Dortmund boss Tomas Tüchel.
Based on his creditials, it is a no brainer why anyone would approach him if available for the picking. Certainly an overachiever, they may have just gotten lucky with a perfect replacement for Legendary Boss Arsene Wenger.
Here’s an extract from his interview courtesy of The Express :
“I live football as passion and emotion… “
“My dad always said you have to value and respect the responsibility you’ve been given”
Furthermore he added:
“When I coach, I take that responsibility seriously because I know people have trusted in me and there are thousands of supporters whose emotions are bound up in what we do.”
“For every game I might have spent 12 hours on the video. Videos are very important. We work hard so that they have the best information and it has to be good”
If this were an audition, let’s just say the cap could not have fitted better. There in his statements lies the sentiment most Arsenal fans have craved for over a decade now.
Where does this leave Mikel Arteta?
Frankly speaking, as optimistic as one would like to get about his managerial abilities, it is my firm believe that an extra year or two under Pep Guardiola’s tutelage, would do him a world of good and better prepared for the job.
Considering the incoming coach, only has the responsibility of worrying about performances on the pitch, with Unai Emery at the helm, one can now afford to hope for next season and the future in general.