Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis and majority shareholder Stan Kroenke have both spoken out to explain the appeal of new head coach Unai Emery.
The Spanish coach faced the media on Wednesday afternoon and underlined his aims after being named as Arsene Wenger’s successor.
Emery’s appointment appeared to come out of the blue, with Mikel Arteta favourite for the role for some time before the former PSG boss emerged as a late contender.
But the Spaniard appears to have impressed the decision-makers at the club, with Gazidis insisting the decision to appoint the ex-Valencia and Spartak Moscow boss was unanimous.
“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,” he said.
“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.”
Arsenal majority owner Kroenke hailed Emery as a “proven winner” and was equally impressed during the interview process.
“We’re delighted to welcome Unai to Arsenal. He’s a proven winner,” he said.
“We’re confident that he is the right person for the job and that he will work to deliver the triumphs our fans, staff and everyone who cares about Arsenal want.
“Several things stood out during his interview and the entire process; his football knowledge, energy, determination and love of the game.
“His familiarity with our club and our players, the Premier League and the game in Europe were all very impressive. He shares our vision to move forward, to build on the platform created by Arsene Wenger and help this club enjoy greater success.”
Emery, meanwhile, is said to have targeted a deal for Nice’s Jean-Michael Seri as his first official piece of business.
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