Emery to be named next Arsenal manager after club decide against Arteta

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Former Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery is set to be named the new Arsenal boss, according to reports in England.

Emery has emerged as the "unanimous choice" for the Arsenal board after an extensive interview process.

Ex-Gunners captain Mikel Arteta has been heavily linked with succeeding Wenger, whose near-22-year reign ended after the final match of the English Premier League campaign at Huddersfield.

The 46-year-old Spaniard led the French Ligue 1 side to a domestic treble this season - but did not have his two-year contract extended and was replaced by Thomas Tuchel.

Emery previously enjoyed great success on the European stage at Sevilla, where he won three Europa League titles in three full seasons at the Sanchez Pizjuan. These are numerous most committed Arsenal followers and the discussion throughout the evening had initially been about Mikel Arteta, and concerns about his inexperience, so the Emery bulletins found support.

Not only does Emery not speak fluent English, as Ornstein points out, but he's always been looked at as a manager who can't win the biggest of games - which has been a knock for Arsenal in recent years.

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"What's going on at Arsenal?"

"What's going on at Arsenal, where's Unai Emery come from?"

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis, head of football relations Raul Sanllehi and head of recruitment Sven Mislintat have been seeking a replacement for long-term manager Wenger since April, and an official announcement is expected later in the week.

Wenger, 67, who has had no say in the appointment of the new man, waved goodbye as he left the club's Hertfordshire training complex and the club looked to the future.

"There is no guarantee Arsenal will challenge for the title or the top four, but Emery's experience does give you a slight advantage". I can't get it out of my head.

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