In the latest Arsenal news, Unai Emery has spoken about his excitement at managing the club.
The Spaniard was confirmed as the Gunners’ new coach on Wednesday morning, with chief executive Ivan Gazidis describing him as the “unanimous choice” for the board.
Fellow Basque and former Arsenal skipper Mikel Arteta was previously the favourite but Emery’s experience saw him move ahead in the pecking order.
The 46-year-old was recently let go by Paris Saint-Germain after winning the domestic treble and arrives with plenty of pedigree, having previously led Sevilla to three straight Europa League titles.
Arsenal finished sixth in the Premier League in Arsene Wenger’s final season in charge and a return to the Champions League is likely to be Emery’s primary goal.
The Gunners are 2/1 to finish in the top four next season with bet365 and the former Valencia coach will want to add some new faces to a squad that has appeared to be in transition in recent years.
Part of Emery’s brief is thought to be to bring through some of the youngsters who started to make an impact last term.
He has a good record of developing talent, with Marquinhos, Presnel Kimpembe and Adrien Rabiot all regulars this season at the Parc des Princes.
After Wenger’s 22-year reign, the pressure is on the new man to perform and he says he is “excited” by the opportunity to move things on at the Emirates.
Emery told Arsenal’s official website: “I am thrilled to be joining one of the great clubs in the game. Arsenal is known and loved throughout the world for its style of play, its commitment to young players, the fantastic stadium, the way the club is run.
“I’m very excited to be given the responsibility to start this important new chapter in Arsenal’s history.”