It’s official: Unai Emery is the new Arsenal manager (after 22 years without a new manager, that’s an unusual sentence to write).

The Spaniard rose to prominence as the Valencia manager, where he secured a trio of consecutive top-3 finishes at Valencia before tasting European glory at Sevilla and then subsequently guiding Paris Saint-Germain to 5 trophies, where he was manager up until the end of the season just gone.

Impressively, no manager in any of Europe’s top leagues has won more major trophies than Emery since 2013. Emery has amassed 8 – the same amount as Pep Guardiola, Laurent Blanc and Massimiliano Allegri (and one more than Luis Enrique).

It was as manager of Sevilla that he put himself into contention for potentially being the manager of any club in the world when he managed to secure the Europa League trophy 3 times. He captured the attention of the footballing world with this undoubtedly remarkable feet, and then went onto take the PSG job.

While Emery was successful at domestic level at PSG, it’s hard to take too much from that as Paris are the club with the best resources in the country and were very much expected to win the silverware they accumulated during Emery’s time there (Over the course of his 114 games at the club he held a 76.3%-win rate and only lost 12 games during his tenure at the club).

Instead, it the EL success that should be looked upon to see Emery’s sizable qualities as a manager. The 13/14, 14/15 and 15/16 Europa League trophies represented a manager making the most of his available resources and getting his players to perform for him.

Emery’s approach to management will perhaps be the most interesting aspect of his early days at Arsenal. Like his predecessor, he has a near pathological obsession with football.

Former players and those associated with the clubs he has managed at speak of an intensive review process when it comes to his players. For example, videos are made looking at each player forensically and then “homework” is assigned based upon the findings.

And while there are plenty more similarities aside from a love of football – at 47, Emery is the same age as Wenger was taking over the club; he’s even been given the moniker of “professor” in the past – it is not a like-for-like replacement.

One of the biggest detractors for Wenger over recent years was his failure to adapt; this is somewhere that Emery excels. Masterminding against-the-odds victories was something that was regularly seen from him during his time in Spanish football, and would make a refreshing addition at the Emirates.
And the addition has been made, as Emery was unveiled in a press conference at the ground earlier today.

In what was one of the most notable turnarounds of managerial appointments at a major club in recent memory, Emery was after betting on former player and Manchester City assistant manager Mikel Arteta
It looked all but certain that Arteta would be taking his role at the helm of a senior club with Arsenal - respected journalists and officials related to the club were reporting as such.

The reaction to this was mixed – on one hand, a young former player was being given the chance to take the club in a positive new direction; on the other hand, Arteta was inexperienced and it very well could work out poorly.

Objectively speaking, it’s easier to see why Emery was appointed and while still being a risk, it is perhaps less of a risk than giving one of the biggest jobs in football to someone who has never held a similarly high-profile job before.

Speaking at the presser, the new manager followed up chief executive Ivan Gazidis by beginning with a thank you to Wenger: “For all coaches in the world you are a reference. I learned with him all the things in football.” He said.

“My English is not the very best now and I want to make an effort to speak with you [the gathered journalists] to explain my ambition. I am very excited for this opportunity at a big club, a great city and stadium.”

His mastery of the language appeared to be better than what had been reported in the immediacy of his appointment. He, by his own admittance, is not a fluent speaker, but he was giving it a good go and has a solid foundation to build upon when it comes to communicating with his players and staff.

Asked about his style of play, he remarked that “possession and pressing” were the things most important for him, which was evident from his time at previous clubs.

When asked what attracted him to the project, he said “We want to be among the best teams in Europe. I want the team to make the fans proud of the side. I know they are already but I want to make them even more so.”

The press conference pressed all pf the right buttons, but it will be interesting to see what Emery does next.

What kind of changes does he intend on implementing at the club? What are his plans for transfers over the Summer? Does Jack Wilshire have a future at the club? These questions and so many more will start to become clearer over the coming weeks.

Emery has, in one way, one of the most unenviable jobs in football. On one hand, he is taking over one of the biggest jobs in world football and has the opportunity of putting his own stamp on the club. On the other hand, it’s a very high-pressure role and his first few months at the club will need to be positive to take some of this pressure off his back. He’s held big positions before, but in many ways this role represents new territory in its stature.

However things play out, it’s going to be interesting – best of luck Unai Emery!