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Is Unai Emery The Man To Carry On The Legacy From Wenger And Get Arsenal On Track?

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Bishwaraj Bhattacharyya
Former athlete. Now a journalist hoping to cover football no matter the league or country.

Arsenal have reportedly chosen Unai Emery as their next managerial candidate as Mikel Arteta, in quite stunning fashion, gets upstaged by the former Paris Saint-Germain boss. The former announced last month that he will be leaving the Ligue 1 giants after the completion of his contract and has already been replaced by Thomas Tuchel.

For quite a while, it seemed like Mikel Arteta will be the one following into Arsene Wenger’s shoes at the Emirates. The Manchester City number 2 was earlier vetted for the job by a series of questions from the Arsenal officials.

The move was close to being sealed until the recent announcement of Emery making the unexpected swoop. The 46-year-old recently became available as evident from his very frank interview with the Spanish magazine, Tactical Room, revealing secrets and organizational structure at PSG.

He is quite expectedly unhappy over his firing as PSG manager and let it be known who the real boss at the Parc des Princes really was. He explained how the team failed at a basic level and that he was not provided with the right platform to succeed.

Maybe that missing support will be provided at North London but the challenge is expected to be bigger. We have seen David Moyes take over the reigns of Manchester United after Alex Ferguson’s retirement and fail miserably to keep the club into title-winning standards.

Even Louis Van Gaal and currently Jose Mourinho is finding it hard to grasp total control of the club’s operations. The Gunners can not afford to undergo a similar tale after witnessing two seasons outside of the Champions League.

Simply winning the FA Cup is not enough to keep the club in the running to be the Premier League’s elite. Arsenal needs to find their way back into Champions League football and start challenging for the league title.

With teams like Everton readying up massive expansion plans and Liverpool along with Tottenham Hotspur fighting their way into the top-four, they cannot afford to allow sides to catch momentum.

Emery’s greatest achievement is his three consecutive UEFA Europa League titles that he registered with Sevilla. He saw Valencia to a third-place finish in the 2009/10 and 2010/11 seasons but could not progress beyond the Round Of 16 in the Champions League.

He had major control issues at PSG that ended up harming the team’s chances in the European competition (although no one really predicted them to go past Real Madrid across two legs). Emery has found success in the European top-flight but still remains untested in the shark-infested Premier League waters.

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He will have to overcome a number of obstacles to bring Arsenal back to competing for major honours. Hopefully, his appointment as the Gunners boss will see them scale new heights of glory once again on both domestic and European stages.

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