Unai Emery says he hasn’t received an offer from Arsenal, despite reports in the English media to the contrary, but he’s open to one.
Speaking to Spanish outlet Cadena SER, Emery insisted he’s not thinking about retiring from coaching, but he hasn’t had any contact from Arsenal over replacing Arsene Wenger just yet.
“I have no offer,” he said. “Possibilities open up that can be concrete or not. I’m open to everything. I don’t think about stopping coaching.”
The comments fly in the face of reports last week from the English media that claimed Emery was the ‘clear favourite’ for the job.
The Express wrote that Emery was a more likely candidate than Luis Enrique or Massimiliano Allegri, because the latter pair both have reservations about the two tier management structure at Arsenal. In no uncertain terms the report said “The Gunners will move for the departing Paris Saint-Germain coach”.
Yet, for now at least, it seems they haven’t.
Emery is a free agent now, after Thomas Tuchel took his place. He has experience of managing six different clubs, and won seven pieces of silverware in his two years with PSG. Unfortunately, he didn’t lift the Champions League trophy, so he got the sack. That’s how it works in the French capital.
At the moment it doesn’t seem like Arsenal want him though. We’ll see if that changes in the coming weeks, as the club move towards announcing Wenger’s successor.