A ‘conspiracy theory’ concerning Unai Emery’s appointment as Arsenal manager over Mikel Arteta has been debunked.
Arsenal announced Emery as their new manager earlier this week on a three-year deal, replacing Arsene Wenger after the Frenchman enjoyed 22 years at the helm.
Emery emerged as a surprise late candidate for the role, with Arteta having been the favourite for the previous two weeks.
Many felt that Emery’s shock appointment was down to the fact that both he and Arteta were represented by the same company, Grupo Santos Idub.
But Matt Hughes of The Times has shed some light on the situation.
‘A conspiracy theory that was doing the rounds to explain Arsenal’s choice of Unai Emery ahead of Mikel Arteta as their new head coach has proved unfounded,’ he writes.
‘It has been claimed that the two main contenders for the job, Emery and Arteta, share the same management company — Grupo Santos Idub — but that is no longer the case.
‘Emery’s surprise move was facilitated by the Spanish agent Arturo Canales.’
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