Arsenal are braced to enter a new era, after the club confirmed the appointment of Unai Emery as Arsene Wenger’s successor at the Emirates Stadium.
After weeks of speculation, the appointment of the former Paris Saint-Germain and Sevilla coach was confirmed by the club today but it’s understood his role in north London will be significantly different to Wenger’s during his 22 years at the club.
The Daily Mirror state Emery’s role as head coach will give the Spaniard very little say in the club’s transfer recruitment, with Head of Recruitment Sven Mislintat leading the charge and contracts expert Huss Fahmy helping to get deals over the line.
Emery has worked in a similar structure at PSG and Sevilla and slots into the new hierarchy in place at the Emirates Stadium, which also sees Raul Sanhelli and Ivan Gazidis hold a key role at the top of the pyramid at Arsenal.
It’s suggested that the majority of the framework for transfer dealings will be without Emery, although he will have some input – including in central midfield, an area where Arsenal are keen to bolster their ranks.