Unai Emery Set To Replace Wenger As Arsenal Manager

Arsenal have reportedly made Unai Emery the candidate to replace Arsene Wenger as club manager.

Emery, 46, emerged as the recruitment team’s unanimous choice according to popular media outlet, BBC.

Manchester City assistant manager and former Gunners captain Mikel Arteta had earlier been regarded as a strong favourite to succeed Arsene Wenger until the emergence of former Sevilla and Paris Saint Germain (PSG) on Monday.

He is out of work after he left PSG at the end of the season despite winning one Ligue 1 title and four domestic cups in his two-year tenure at the club.

Unai Emery previously guided Sevilla to three consecutive Europa League titles between 2014 and 2016.

An official announcement and a news conference would take place later this week as the club ushers in a new managerial reign.

Apart from Unai Emery and Arteta, other candidates who were in the running for the job included Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri and former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti, and former Arsenal players Arteta, Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira.

The recruitment process was carried out by Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis, head of football relations Raul Sanllehi and head of recruitment Sven Mislintat.

Their decision is, however, subject to approval from majority shareholder and owner Stan Kroenke.