JOHANNESBURG: Former Paris Saint-Germain boss Unai Emery held talks with Arsenal on Monday about their vacant manager’s job, according to Sky Sports‘ Spanish football expert Guillem Balague.
Manchester City assistant Mikel Arteta was strong favourite to succeed the outgoing Arsene Wenger. But following a thorough recruitment process that involved all candidates being spoken to, Emery emerged as the unanimous choice.
The 46-year-old Spaniard is available after leaving PSG where he won one Ligue 1 title and four domestic cups in two seasons in charge. Previously he guided Sevilla to three Europa League triumphs.
Emery’s English is not completely fluent but the language barrier is not expected to be a problem. An announcement and news conference are expected later this week.
The recruitment process was led by Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis, head of football relations Raul Sanllehi and head of recruitment Sven Mislintat.
BREAKING: Arsenal to appoint Unai Emery as new manager. Thorough process produced 46yo Spaniard as unanimous choice. Available after leaving #PSG (1 Lg1 title, 4 cups), previously Sevilla (3 EL wins), not fluent English. Announcement + press conference likely later this week #AFC
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) May 21, 2018