New Arsenal manager Unai Emery said he wants Arsenal to become among Europe’s elite clubs once more during his first press appearance since taking over former boss, Arsene Wenger.
Emery has announced that he would leave PSG when his contract expired at the end of the season even after a successful campaign, leading the club to Ligue 1 title. And on Wednesday he has been officially appointed, following the exit of Wenger.
Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis revealed that the 46-year-old Spaniard was on an eight-man shortlist for the job, but was really the prime target.
“All eight took part in extensive interviews and none of them withdrew from the process,” said the chief executive, who added that the job was the most attractive in world football.
“We were in a fortunate position to name our first choice.
“Our first interview was on 25 April and our last was on the 15 May. A formal recommendation to the board was supported by a 100-page dossier with a great degree of background information.
“All of the board members were energised and enthused by our decision.”
Despite the competence shown by all candidates, the former Valencia, Sevilla and Paris St-Germain boss impressed the interview panel with his “meticulous preparation”.
Gazidis elaborated, “He was extraordinarily well prepared with knowledge of Arsenal and an analysis of all of our players, their qualities and how he can help them develop.”
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