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Transfer Flashbacks: Arsenal hire Unai Emery

Transfer Flashbacks: Arsenal hire Unai Emery

On the 23rd May 2018, Arsenal announced that Unai Emery had been appointed as manager of the club.

Following the surprise announcement of Arsene Wenger’s departure from Arsenal at the end of the 2017/18 season, the search for who would take up the momentous task of replacing the legendary Frenchman began, and after weeks of speculation and rumours, former PSG manager Emery was confirmed to be the successor to the Gunners’ greatest ever manager.

Here’s how Arsenal fans reacted when the news broke…

Since joining the club, Emery has been a success in north London. The Spaniard has led the club to fourth in the Premier League table with seven games remaining and taken Arsenal to the Europa League quarter-finals after some nervy games against BATE and Stade Rennais in the earlier knockout games.

Despite some poor results, such as being knocked out by Manchester United in the FA Cup and losing to the likes of West Ham and Southampton in the league, Emery has been behind some massive results for the Gunners this season, such as coming from behind to beat Tottenham 4-2 in December and getting revenge over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side 2-0 to send Arsenal into the top four.

As for signings, Emery has recruited well after leaving a club with as deep as pockets as PSG.

Signings such as Matteo Guendouzi, Bernd Leno and Lucas Torreira have been massive hits in north London, whereas the only real bad signing Emery has brought in has been Stephan Lichtsteiner on a free from Juventus on a one-year deal.

His development of current players has also been a big factor to Arsenal’s success this season, with the likes of Rob Holding, Alex Iwobi and Hector Bellerin all flourishing under Emery and his training methods and tactics.

With big games coming up against Watford, Wolves and Leicester City away from home, Champions League football still needs to be confirmed for Arsenal this season, and if Emery is to do that he will be considered a success in his first campaign in the Premier League.

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