Arsenal make shock decision on over Wenger replacement
Arsenal have gone cold on Mikel Arteta at the eleventh hour – and are set to give the job to Unai Emery.
Club officials met with Arteta last week and by Friday the former Arsenal captain believed he was going to get the job.
But Arsenal began to go quiet over the weekend and then former Paris Saint-Germain boss Emery flew into London for talks on Monday.
Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis is now in negotiations with Emery and the 46-year-old Spaniard is now expected to be unveiled in the next 48 hours.
It is an incredible blow for Arteta – who is on Pep Guardiola’s coaching staff at Manchester City – as he is believed to have interviewed well and discussed a contract.
But the worry was the fear of backlash from Arsenal fans about an inexperienced appointment and now they have done a last minute U-turn on Arteta.
Arsenal had prepared to offer Arteta a three year deal worth £4m-a-year with a one year break clause and the Spaniard was keen to take the job.
Arsenal insist that it is not a case of last minute cold feet and that they wanted to speak to all of the candidates before making an appointment.
They also insist that Emery has been spoken to before although the ex-Sevilla boss was quoted last week insisting that there had been no contact from Arsenal.
Emery’s English was believed to be a major obstacle but Arsenal insist he can speak the language.
It appears as if Arsenal have gone for experience over Arteta’s ambition and enthusiasm and Emery won three back-to-back Europa League titles while in charge of Sevilla.
Emery is a top class European manager but has clearly entered the race at the last stage after the likes of Patrick Vieira, Max Allegri and Luis Enrique have fallen by the wayside.
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