Emery targets Premier League success after winning race for Arsenal job


Fueled by video nasties and sleepless nights, Unai Emery is ready for the challenge of succeeding Arsene Wenger after being appointed as Arsenal's first new boss for 22 years.

Emery's language abilities will be on show on Wednesday afternoon as he and Gazidis hold a press conference as part of his official unveiling.

Emery already has one thing in common with Wenger after making clear his disdain for the Frenchman's old rival Jose Mourinho.

Wenger was a significant figure in almost every aspect of the club during his near 22 years in charge, so replacing him has been a daunting task.

Olley said Manchester City assistant coach Mikel Arteta and Hoffenheim boss Julian Nagelsmann were believed to be the other two candidates who came close to getting the job.

Emery told the gathered media he flew to Atlanta with Gazidis, head of recruitment Sven Mislintat and head of football relations Raul Sanllehi in order to meet the club's major shareholder Stan Kroenke and his family.

Emery, 46, left PSG this month after winning Ligue 1 and four domestic cups in two seasons in the French capital.

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The club will be desperate to re-establish themselves among the Premier League elite.

There will be plenty of those, of course, who will delight in citing the Andrew Sachs comparison, which was an easy shot to throw at Emery, but as he wrestled irregular verbs and rearranged an array of vowel sounds, we had a little glimpse of the man's determination. His familiarity with our club and our players, the Premier League, and the game in Europe were all very impressive.

"My idea is to be the protagonist all the match". When we don't have the ball, I want a squad to play with intensive pressure. "None of them at any stage withdrew their interest".

The announcement that Wenger would step down at the end of the season was made on April 20th, and Gazidis said the interviews took place between April 25th and Tuesday of last week. A formal recommendation to the board was supported by a 100-page dossier with a great degree of background information.

"I think we need to understand that success isn't instant". They returned on the Tuesday night red-eye.

Before that, Emery impressed greatly at Sevilla, despite having to sell the club's best players on a regular basis.

Arsenal fans want change and while Emery's appointment will help with that, the Spaniard will be expected to ring changes of his own this summer.