Unai Emery's task is to make Arsenal more ruthless

Unai Emery's task is to make Arsenal more ruthless

Emery won five trophies in Paris but the French club were humiliated when Barcelona turned round a 4-0 aggregate score to knock PSG out of the Champions League past year.

But the Gunners hierarchy appear to have ripped up their existing plans at the 11th hour, with Emery emerging as the unanimous choice following a thorough recruitment and interview process, led by chief executive Ivan Gazidis. He was replaced by former Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel, who had also been linked with the Arsenal job.

An announcement and news conference are expected later this week.

Emery, who was at one stage a 66/1 shot and behind Tim Sherwood in the betting odds to become Arsenal manager, "is not completely fluent" in English, but that will not be a problem.

Unai Emery has an edge over Mikel Arteta because of his managerial experience, says Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas. Where's Unai Emery come from?

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You'd have thought that by now they would have known exactly what's going on.

Wenger, who managed the London-based side for 22 years, waved goodbye to the club's training ground at the start of the week. I can't get it out of my head.

The former Valencia boss enjoyed notable Europa League success with Sevilla, winning UEFA's secondary club competition in three consecutive seasons from 2014 to 2016.

Emery is a good manager, but the Arsenal job feels like one that is too big for him, similar to what the PSG job turned out to be.

His coaching ability will have to get going instantly and he will have to find some gems instantly. There was a gathering of the influential Arsenal Supporters Trust at a smart lawyers' office on Cannon Street in London yesterday, with fans loving listening to Ray Parlour reminisce about great days and nights out, when news filtered through about Unai Emery.

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