Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Why Arsenal Did Not Make Arteta Coach

Tables turned in regards to the appointment of a manager at Arsenal as the much talked about favourite fell off the pecking order.

Arteta has had his name in every sports news outlet as the one most likely to succeed Arsene Wenger but recent revelation by David Orstein and some other reliable sources show that popular expectation in thr Arsenal fanbase has been dented.

Unai Emery, the one who said goodbye to Paris Saint Germain after failing to record maximum success in the UEFA Champions League was a late candidate for the Arsenal job. In his case he was the last but not the least because he got the job ahead of options earlier considered.

This twist brought up questions one of which is “Why did Arsenal decide to drop Mikel Arteta for Unai Emery?”

As reported by the Daily Mirror, the Arsenal board feared making a decision that will make the fans go mad at them should it backfire.  Arteta has not got the needed experience to take over as head coach at a club like Arsenal. Yes, he could come in and surprise the world but you will agree that appointing him at this time when the club needs resuscitation would have been a great gamble.

In contrast to Arteta whose only managerial experience is his assistant manager slot at Manchester City, Unai Emery has worked in a number of clubs and achieved success.

Highly notable is his spell at Sevilla where he won the UEFA Europa League for three consecutive seasons, a factor that boosted his chances during the interview.  With PSG, he won a Ligue 1 title and 4 domestic cup competitions all during his two season reign in France.

One other edge Emery had over Arteta according to insider sources was his familiarity with the styles of majority of the Arsenal first team players. He analysed them as though they have worked under him and this greatly impressed Ivan Gazidis who was to give the final say on the recruitment of a manager.

The confirmation of Unai Emery as the new manager at Arsenal is expected to be done this week during a press conference.
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