Who Is Unai Emery? A Lowdown On Arsenal’s New Boss

Ever since Arsene Wenger announced that he would be leaving Arsenal after 22 years at the helm, speculation has been rife regarding who would replace the Frenchman. Now we know that it will be Spanish manager Unai Emery who has been tasked with the job after he was announced as their new boss today.

Ever since Arsene Wenger announced that he would be leaving Arsenal after 22 years at the helm, speculation has been rife regarding who would replace the Frenchman. Now we know that it will be Spanish manager Unai Emery who has been tasked with the job after he was announced as their new boss today.

Emery arrives in North London after two years in France with Paris Saint-Germain where he won six trophies and has been described as the ‘unanimous’ choice to replace Wenger by Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis.

Here at Champions Football Speakers, we provide the lowdown on the Premier League’s newest manager

Who is he?

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Unai Emery Etxegoien is one of the most exciting young managers in the game. At 46 years old he has already achieved plenty in the game. Born in the Basque region of Spain, Unai has football in his blood with his grandfather, father and uncle all making it as professional footballers.

He joined the Real Sociedad youth team in 1986 making his debut for the senior team in 1995. A tricky left winger, he struggled to force his way into the senior team and spent most of his career at lower league Spanish teams such as Toledo, Racing Ferrol and Leganes before retiring in 2004 to manage Lorca Deportiva.

His managerial career has taken him from his native Spain to Russia, France and now England and Arsenal fans will be hoping he can have an instant impact.

What’s he done?

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In short, plenty. Before Emery’s announcement, it looked like former Arsenal midfielder and Manchester City assistant, Mikel Arteta would get the Gunners’ top job. The majority of Arsenal fans were worried that Arteta’s lack of experience would prove costly so will be pleased that Emery’s CV holds more weight.

Perhaps his biggest achievements in terms of trophies came at Sevilla. On a shoestring budget he won three back-to-back Europa League titles with the Spanish team between 2014 and 2016. This should be good news to Arsenal fans as they will be competing in Europe’s second-best comemption next season after finishing sixth in the Premier League. Winning this could prove to be their best route into the Champions League as they will realistically be competing with five other teams for four Champions League spots on the domestic front.

Having achieved success with limited funds with Sevilla will also be a positive, as if reports are to be believed, Arsenal will only have a budget of £50m to spend on players this summer. Far less than their nearest rivals.

He arrives in London after two years with PSG where he won seven trophies including the 2018 league title.

What to expect?

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Well, Emery is certainly aiming for the top having been quoted this week as saying he wants to make Arsenal ‘the best team in the world.’ Whilst this seems unrealistic Gunners’ fans will like his ambition and he seems to possess certain traits that Wenger was often criticised for not having.   

This includes discipline. Arsenal’s senior pros have been criticised time and time again by pundits and fans alike for their lack of discipline, leadership and will to win in recent seasons but this is something he will not stand for. Expect plenty of high intensity training sessions, video analysis of opponents and good old fashioned hard work from an Emery team. There will be no excuses if players begin walking in games with him in charge.

One of the things he is also well known for is developing players. A manager who gets pleasure out of coaching players he already has rather than spending tonnes of money on ready made stars, this is something that aligns with Arsenal’s philosophy. Throughout his career he has nurtured the likes of David Villa, David Silva, Juan Mata, Ivan Rakitic, Jordi Alba, the list goes on and on.

With plenty of promising youngsters at Arsenal such as Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Rob Holding, Reiss Nelson and Eddie Nketiah, expect to see these guys blooded a lot more as of next season.

One thing he has struggled with in the past though is players with egos. His handling of the world’s most expensive ever player, Neymar, didn’t go down well in France so it will be interesting to see what happens if the likes of Mesut Ozil or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang kick up a fuss.

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