According to SkySports Arsenal will appoint former Paris Saint-Germain head coach Unai Emery as manager this week, after wowing Emirates chiefs in a secret meeting a fortnight ago.
Mikel Arteta, a key member of Manchester City’s manager Pep Guardiola’s title-winning coaching team, had been regarded as a dead cert as Arsene Wenger’s successor with a glowing, growing reputation, but the Gunners’ board decided to appoint a more experienced boss, according to reports in Spain.
Emery was in London on Monday for talks with the Gunners, with an announcement expected later this week.
The 46-year-old joined PSG in June 2016, signing a two-year deal, with the option of a third, He won one Ligue 1 title and four domestic cups in two seasons in charge, but it was but his performances in Europe that cost him his job before Thomas Tuchel replaced him.
Previous to this he was manager of Sevilla and led them to three consecutive Europa League triumphs between 2014 and 2016.
The Spaniard blew away Arsenal’s recruitment team led by Gazidis, along with head of football relations Raul Sanllehi and head of recruitment Sven Mislintat, with a forensic analysis of every player in Wenger’s current squad.
Sky Sports Spanish football expert Guillem Balague told Sky Sports Newson Monday: “I am hearing that Unai Emery is in London to hold talks with Arsenal. That has to do with the fact he is free, a top candidate and wants the job.
“We are talking about someone who has done such a great job in his career with the likes of Sevilla and only last week he was named manager of the year in France for the job that he did at PSG.”