​Arsenal have announced the appointment as head coach of former Paris Saint-Germain manager Unai Emery, following weeks of intense speculation.


The 46-year-old ​emerged on Monday n​ight ​as the shock frontrunner for the Emirates Stadium top​ job, after the Gunners board opted against pursuing former player and current ​Manchester City coach Mikel Arteta.


The confirmation of his appointment brings to a close one of the most protracted managerial sagas in recent times, with a host of names having been linked with the Arsenal hot seat, ever since Arsene Wenger announced he was step down as manager after 22 years at the helm.

Speaking to ​Arsenal's official website, Emery said; “I am thrilled to be joining one of the great clubs in the game. Arsenal is known and loved throughout the world for its style of play, its commitment to young players, the fantastic stadium, the way the club is run. 


"I’m very excited to be given the responsibility to start this important new chapter in Arsenal’s history. I have met Stan and Josh Kroenke and it’s clear they have great ambitions for the club and are committed to bringing future success. 


"I’m excited about what we can do together and I look forward to giving everyone who loves Arsenal some special moments and memories.”

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Arteta, Massimiliano Allegri, Luis Enrique and Diego Simeone had been strongly tipped to take over, with Emery regarded as an outsider for the job despite his impressive trophy collection.


He flew in for talks late on Monday night though, impressing the Gunners board of directors enough for them to offer him the position ahead of the much-fancied Arteta, whom the board are understood to have got cold feet over.


Emery brings a list of impressive credentials with him to the Emirates Stadium, having won three successive Europa League titles during his time with Sevilla, as well as cruising to a French domestic treble with PSG last season.

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His failure to elevate the Parisiens into a major European force saw him come under significant pressure though, with chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi opting to ​replace him with former Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel last week.


The ​Arsenal board will be hopeful that Emery can guide the club back into the Champions League qualification mix next season, after the Gunners missed out once more after finishing a distant 6th in the ​Premier League.


Supporters will no doubt take heart from his exceptional record in the Europa League, a competition that Arsenal were eliminated from at the semi-final stage last season.

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