Former Sevilla and Paris-Saint-Germain manager Unai Emery has emerged as the leading candidate to take over the vacant position at Arsenal.
The 46-year-old Basque manager lost his job as PSG boss earlier this month despite winning a domestic treble.
The Gunners are currently in search for a new manager and have been linked with former player Mikel Arteta and former Barcelona gaffer Luis Enrique. Meanwhile, Arteta is understood to want assurances over the role he will play in Arsenal’s transfer policy before agreeing to join the club as head coach.
According to Spanish football expert Guillem Ballague, Unai Emery was in London to hold talks with Arsenal’s top executives. “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.”
Emery masterminded three consecutive Europa League trophies with the Spanish side and equally replicated the success with the Parisien side even though he didn’t deliver on the European front. His qualities have not gone unnoticed and may end up landing the Arsenal job if the discussions go as planned.
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