Arsenal are set to announce the appointment of Unai Emery as their new manager later this week.
Emery has emerged as the ‘unanimous choice’ for the Arsenal board after an extensive interview process.
Former midfielder Mikel Arteta was the frontrunner to replace Arsene Wenger for the past few weeks, but the Spaniard is expected to stay as Manchester City assistant manager instead.
It was claimed on Monday morning that Emery was a ‘shock last-minute candidate’ for the Gunners, who had been ‘alerted’ to his ‘availability’.
Emery left Paris Saint-Germain in the summer after winning one Ligue Un title and four domestic cups in his two seasons in charge.
He will now step into the manager’s job at the Emirates Stadium, where his reported budget is just £50million.
According to David Ornstein of BBC Sport, ‘an announcement and news conference are expected later this week’ to confirm Emery as Wenger’s successor.
Emery, who was at one stage a 66/1 shot and behind Tim Sherwood in the betting odds to become Arsenal manager, ‘is not completely fluent’ in English, but that will not be a problem.
He has presumably already read our transfer guide to find out what he needs.