Unai Emery during his PSG days Image: AFP
Arsenal announced former Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery as their new boss on Wednesday, handing him the daunting task of revitalising a club that has slipped well behind their Premier League rivals.
The Spaniard, who won the domestic treble with PSG this season, emerged as the shock favourite to replace Arsene Wenger earlier this week after it appeared former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta was in line to land the job at the Emirates.
Wenger departed at the end of the season following a 22-year reign, with the club finishing sixth in the Premier League – 37 points behind champions Manchester City – and failing to qualify for the Champions League.
“I am thrilled to be joining one of the great clubs in the game,” Emery, 46, told Arsenal's website.
“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," he was further quoted as saying.
Chief executive Ivan Gazidis said the decision to appoint the former Valencia and Spartak Moscow boss had been unanimous. “Unai has an outstanding track record of success throughout his career, has developed some of the best young talent in Europe and plays an exciting, progressive style of football that fits Arsenal perfectly," he said.
The Spaniard, who will be unveiled at a press conference in the Emirates later on Wednesday, will work in a head coach capacity at Arsenal.
(With inputs from PTI)