News has broken today that former Paris St Germain manager Unai Emery will take the reins at Arsenal before the end of the week, and that contrary to reports, he was always first choice.
Former Gunner Mikel Arteta appeared to be close to taking the job, with reports rife that he was the front-runner. That, however, has been denied by the club.
According to football.london, Emery will be named as Arsene Wenger’s replacement and he, not Arteta, was the preferred choice.
Emery is a serial winner having won three Europa League trophies with Sevilla and a whole host of French silverware with PSG, including one Ligue 1 title, two French League Cups and two French Cups.
Emery only came to the forefront in the last 24 hours, and despite Arsenal’s denials, Arteta was widely expected to take over from Wenger. However, something appears to have happened suddenly that swung the club fully behind the 46-year-old Emery.
Arsenal are claiming that an exhaustive process took place and that every candidate on their list was interviewed, including Arteta, but it was Emery who stood out from the pack.
The Gunners are also insisting that no one turned down the job, and that Emery was not a last-minute choice.
Nothing official has yet been announced, but it does appear that the deal is done and that Emery will be the next Arsenal manager.