Unai Emery has identified the £35m midfielder he plans to sign for Arsenal

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Unai Emery is expected to be announced as Arsenal manager by the end of the week.

The 46-year-old Spaniard has won the Europa League on three separate occasions and, according to the BBC, that's what convinced the Arsenal board to appoint him instead of Mikel Arteta.

Arteta, 36, looked set to replace Arsene Wenger in north London before they performed an 11-th hour U-turn.

Unemployed Emery was replaced by Thomas Tuchel at PSG this summer after a two-year spell in the French capital.

He won a domestic treble this season but failed to achieve success in the Champions League, losing to Real Madrid in the Round of 16.

Arsenal reportedly only have a £50m transfer budget before player sales - but Emery is already looking at potential signings.

It's no surprise he wants to bolster his central midfield options at the Emirates.

Emery wants £35m midfielder

The Gunners only managed a sixth placed finish this season and the incoming Emery is expected to oversee a massive overhaul.

Emery isn't officially in charge at Arsenal but he's reportedly already identified who he plans to bring in as his first signing.


According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal are targeting Nice midfielder Jean-Michael Seri.

The 26-year-old Ivorian international - who came so close to joining Barcelona last summer - has earned a reputation as one of the finest central midfielder in Ligue 1 since moving to France in 2015.

Emery wanted to sign Seri in January for PSG and will reportedly be allowed to leave Nice for just £35m this summer.

He will reportedly revive that interest as soon as he officially takes the Arsenal hot seat.


Santi Cazorla left the Emirates this summer and the new coach is certainly expected to strengthen his midfield options.

However, former Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman believes Emery needs to focus on making defensive signings.

"He [Emery] inherits a fantastic club and a fantastic training facility. Everything is there for him, he has got no excuses in those departments.

David Seaman of Arsenal

"There is going to be a few changes hopefully, the defence needs to be a lot stronger, attacking and midfield wise we are OK on that front.

"I think the defensive side needs a good look at, so I would imagine that would be his first concern, but the fans just want success.

"He has got to start winning quickly."

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