After a 22-year relationship with Arsene Wenger, Arsenal have now picked Unai Emery as the team’s new manager as they hope to improve on the previous campaign.
The Gunners missed out on UEFA Champions League places after finishing sixth in the league, and now they have brought in Emery as they turn a new page in management.
At 46 years old, Emery is one of the big players in the new facet of football where younger managers are at the helm of big teams.
Not a stranger to coaching big names and squads, Emery may be the right man for the job but for those who do not know Wenger’s successor, here are a few facts about Arsenal’s new boss.
A FOOTBALL NUT
When asked about the biggest comparison between Wenger and Emery, most say that they are obsessed with football and how it works.
To help the team he manages, Emery goes through multiple videos and tapes of plays of his team which ultimately helps find holes in the game where they can improve.
A perfectionist by nature, Emery can bring that hungry presence back to the London outfit as they hope to regain their status as one of the best in the Premier League.
It could be linked to the Spaniard’s lineage as football runs in his blood. His father, Juan, played as a goalkeeper just like Unai’s grandfather, Antonio. The elders played for different teams in Spanish football, while the new Arsenal boss played as a midfielder for Lorca Deportiva.
VAST MANAGERIAL EXPERIENCE
Despite being a relatively young manager, Emery has already been all over Europe. He began with a managerial role with the club he formerly played for, spending two seasons before progressing on.
He would then manage Spanish clubs UD Almeria and Valencia CF before moving to Russia in 2012 to manage Spartak Moscow.
Emery only managed the club for 26 matches before returning to Spain for Sevilla FC where he began gaining success with them.
In almost four seasons with the Andalusian club, Emery managed 205 matches en-route to winning three UEFA Europa League titles in consecutive years from 2013-14 to 2015-16.
TROPHY HAUL IN FRANCE
The success he attained with Sevilla caught the eye of French giants Paris Saint-Germain, on-barding in mid 2016.
In the 2016-17 season, PSG were dominant as they won the French Cup, French League Cup and French Super Cup.
Missing out of the Ligue 1 title in his maiden season with the team, Emery bounced back the following year in dominant fashion to hand PSG their seventh league title.
Only losing thrice in their domestic campaign, Emery also led the squad to another French Cup and French Super Cup triumphs.
For those who have followed Emery’s managerial journey, his preferred playing style is to counter-attack.
During his time with Sevilla, Emery preferred a 4-2-3-1 form and it is definitely a more pressing style of play compared to how Wenger did when he managed Arsenal.
The Spaniard also has a knack of making the most out of the resources he has, as compared to purchasing the best and the most expensive. This may not be reflected in PSG, but in his previous assignments, Emery was incredible in making his players most comfortable to play at their best.
Of course, things will be different as he manages Arsenal who are a team in transition. They may not have the most resources to get the best players, but they have enough to challenge and still be considered an elite club.
Most should be excited for the fact that Emery may finally breathe new life to the club starving for success.