Arsenal may have changed their mind from picking rookie manager Mikel Arteta to a more experienced manager as they switch attention to former PSG coach, Unai Emery.
Arsenal are set to appoint former Paris Saint-Germain boss Unai Emery as their new manager after having a late change of heart over handing ex-club captain Mikel Arteta his first head coach’s role.
Arteta looked be the preferred candidate to replace the long-serving Arsene Wenger at Emirates Stadium after earning rave reviews as Pep Guardiola’s No2 at Premier League champions Manchester City.
But the Gunners hierarchy appear to have ripped up their existing plans at the 11th hour, with Emery emerging as the unanimous choice following a thorough recruitment and interview process, led by chief executive Ivan Gazidis.
Another former Arsenal captain, Patrick Vieira, is believed to have been interviewed for the role, while Juventus manager Max Allegri and Hoffenheim’s Julian Nagelsmann were considered but are understood to have indicated a preference to remain at their respective clubs. The baton is now poised to be thrust in the direction of Emery.
The 46-year-old Spaniard, who does not speak fluent English, is available after PSG opted against renewing his contract following a two-year spell in the French capital, during which he won one Ligue 1 title and four domestic cups.