How Unai Emery 'blew away' Arsenal chiefs in secret meeting about manager's job

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It's finally happening - Arsenal are on the brink of appointing Arsene Wenger's replacement.

An arduous hiring process over the past month has seen a number of managerial targets pull out of contention, such as Patrick Vieira, Maxi Allegri and Luis Enrique.

Mikel Arteta then emerged as hot favourite to succeed Wenger at the helm, though Arsenal fans had their doubts about his lack of experience.

But now former Paris Saint-Germain boss Unai Emery looks set to take over and an announcement is due later this week.

It's a decision that's once again divided football fans. Some believe it will be an excellent appointment while others have concerns about his lack of English and obsessive attention to detail.

Everyone has had their say on Emery becoming Arsenal manager but no one has summed it up better than BT Sport presenter Jack Humphrey.

"I assume the negativity towards Emery is ignorance?" Humphrey tweeted. "Want an experienced winner? Five major trophies in three years at PSG.


"Three European trophies in the last four years (Arsenal won two in 50 years).

"Want youth? He's 46. Same as [Mauricio] Pochettino and [Sean] Dyche. Younger than Pep [Guardiola], [Jurgen] Klopp, [Antonio] Conte, Jose [Mourinho]."


Hard to argue with those numbers. Emery is a serial winner and any suggestions that he's not among the elite managers in European football is nonsense.

But considering he was a 66/1 outsider for the manager's role last week, how exactly did he manager to worm his way back into contention?

Well, according to The Sun, it was the way he "blew away" Arsenal chiefs in a secret meeting about potentially taking over two weeks ago.

In the meeting, which was led by Ivan Gazidis, Raul Sanllehi and Sven Mislintat, Emery put on an incredible presentation where he gave a forensic analysis on every single Arsenal player.


Emery explained exactly how he would improve each player, too, and then identified the two names he would build his squad around: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Aaron Ramsey.

A source said: "He knew more about the Arsenal squad and every relevant detail about their career path and injury histories than people who had been at the club for years."

Pretty impressive, eh? Emery's attention to detail wowed Gazidis and Mislintat and now he's reportedly due to sign a two-year contract at Arsenal with an option to a further year.

Exciting times indeed at the Emirates Stadium by the sounds of things.

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