Arsene Wenger says final goodbyes to Arsenal as search for successor continues

Galtero Lara
May 22, 2018

Manchester City assistant coach Mikel Arteta was previously thought to have been the leading candidate.

Several sources in the United Kingdom are reporting that Emery's appointment at the Emirates is imminent, after he emerged as the unanimous choice following a recruitment process in which several candidates were spoken to. While the club hierarchy favoured the appointment of a young, emerging coach, Emery's track record at Sevilla, where he built one of Europe's most successful teams on a limited budget, persuaded Arsenal that he is the man to lead the team into a new era.

It comes with Arsene Wenger leaving the club after nearly 22 seasons in charge.

Emery left PSG when his contract expired at the end of this season.

Arsenal have been looking for a new boss for the first time in over two decades since Wenger announced last month he was stepping down at the end of the season.

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Here, Press Association Sport looks at five things you may not know about the Spaniard, who switched from player to manager in 2005. Thierry Henry has also been interviewed for the job.

An announcement and news conference are expected later this week.

Emery, who made his name during his three-year stint in charge of Sevilla, was at one stage a 66/1 shot and behind Tim Sherwood in the betting odds to become Arsenal manager.

The Gunners had appointed Raul Sanllehi as head of football relations and named Sven Mislintat as the head of recruitment while Wenger was still at the helm, loosening the Frenchman's grip on the club's wider operations.

Arsenal, meanwhile, continue to go about the finishing touches of what is a first management recruitment process at the north London club in nearly a quarter of a century. If we do see a difference in intensity, drive and consistency everybody will get onside and that's all Arsenal fans want to see.

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