Unai Emery won the Europa League in three successive seasons at Sevilla
By talkSPORT – @talkSPORT
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
It’s safe to say Unai Emery’s appointment as Arsenal manager has got Lee Dixon’s seal of approval.
Shortly after the Spaniard was appointed as Arsene Wenger’s successor, the former defender tweeted: “Unai Emery? I’m in! I think with his track record and obvious passion he could become a great success. Big job ahead. Massive shoes to fill. Let’s give him the platform of patience and understanding he will need.”
Unai Emery? I’m in! I think with his track record and obvious passion he could become a great success. Big job ahead. Massive shoes to fill. Let’s give him the platform of patience and understanding he will need. #goUnai
— Lee Dixon (@LeeDixon2) May 23, 2018
Dixon won four league titles as an Arsenal player as well as three FA Cups, the League Cup and Cup Winenrs Cup. He played under Wenger between 1996 and 2002 and is a big fan of the Frenchman’s.
“There is no doubt he changed the face of English football,” he wrote in The Guardian in April. “He was the first. It was all him. His legacy is not only Arsenal based. It is English football-based because of where the game was when he came in and how clubs and players operated. The physiology side of the game, the social side, training – he came in and ripped up the handbook. Everybody said, ‘Who is this fella?’ and the next minute they were all copying him.
“The advancements in terms of science and facilities and all the support available for elite athletes is testament to him. I truly believe he pushed the button to start all of that. It is easy to lose track of the fact he was the great innovator.”
Under Wenger, Arsenal won three Premier League titles, seven FA Cups and reached two European finals.
#WelcomeUnai – to your new home! pic.twitter.com/Xa7Y3Wxoir
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 23, 2018
Emery, meanwhile, has won three Europa League titles as Sevilla boss and numerous trophies from his time as Paris Saint-Germain manager.
On his appointment, chief executive Ivan Gazidis said: “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. 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.”