Arsenal have found their new head coach, hiring former Paris Saint-Germain manager Unai Emery to replace Arsene Wenger, on a 3-year contract, according to ESPN FC.
Emery’s contract with Paris was not renewed and he was replaced by former Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel last week.
Wenger’s 22-year tenure at Arsenal came to an end earlier this month.
“I am thrilled to be joining one of the great clubs in the game,” Emery said to Arsenal’s website. “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.”
“Unai has an outstanding track record of success throughout his career, has developed some of the best young talent in Europe and plays an exciting, progressive style of football that fits Arsenal perfectly,” chief executive Ivan Gazidis said of Emery.
“His hard-working and passionate approach and his sense of values on and off the pitch make him the ideal person to take us forward. We conducted a confidential, wide-ranging and rigorous search involving extensive background references, data and video analysis, and personal meetings with all the candidates we shortlisted.
“All were interested in the position and we were unanimous in our choice of Unai to drive the next chapter of our history.”