Arsene Wenger described Unai Emery as a very competent manager for the PSG job in March, and warned the club against sacking him.
Unai Emery will get a three-year contract with Arsenal, taking over from Arsene Wenger as manager of the club this summer, according to reports in France.
Tuesday’s Le Parisien writes that Emery took a private plan from Le Bourget to London on Monday morning, and agreed a three-year deal to take over the club. They say an official announcement and press conference will take place in the coming days, or even as soon as today. Either way, they’re certain the appointment is ‘imminent’.
Interestingly, they write that Emery’s PSG contract doesn’t officially end until 30th June. I’d imagine that’s just a technicality though, and Arsene Wenger’s deal was probably the same.
The French club have already announced Thomas Tuchel as their new manager, so clearly we’re not waiting around for those old contracts to expire.
The whole process clearly moved very quickly, as just seven days earlier Emery was telling Spanish outlet Cadena SER in no uncertain terms that he had no offer from Arsenal. Although, he admitted he was open to one, so this was always a possibility.
Now we just have to wait for that official announcement, and then the usual transfer nonsense can get underway in earnest.
To read details of the appointment process and how Unai Emery compares to Arsene Wenger, click ‘Next’