Arsenal set to name Unai Emery as Arsene Wenger's successor later this week

Matt Lewis
Unai Emery is set to be named as Arsenal’s new manager this week.
Unai Emery is set to be named as Arsenal’s new manager this week.

Arsenal are set to confirm the appointment of Unai Emery as their new manager later this week.

The 46-year-old is a free agent after leaving PSG this summer and the BBC are reporting the Spaniard will replace Arsene Wenger at the Emirates.

Emery has been in London today for talks and is understood to be the unanimous choice for the job after Gunners board members agreed to sanction the deal.

Mikel Arteta was also considered for the role but discussions with the Manchester City coach stalled when it came to sorting out his backroom staff.

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Emery, according to the BBC report, should be presented as the new Arsenal manager and hold his first press conference in the coming days.

The news comes just hours after Wenger had cleared his desk and was pictured leaving the club’s London Colney training complex after 22 years at the helm.

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis, head of football relations Raul Sanllehi and head of recruitment Sven Mislintat led the search for the new boss.

Emery was ushered out of the door at PSG at the end of the Ligue 1 season despite succeeding domestically as he failed to deliver in the Champions League.

He is proven at Europa League level having won the trophy three times in a row during his time with Sevilla.

Emery will take over from Arsene Wenger.
Emery will take over from Arsene Wenger.

Wenger recently revealed he would play no part in picking out his replacement in the same way that Sir Alex Ferguson selected David Moyes for Manchester United.

He said: “It’s not my [decision].

“I always feel that the most important thing in a football club is that everybody does his job.

“My job is to take care of the team, of the results and of the finances in the transfers. That’s what I did. My job is not to select the next manager.”

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