Unai Emery – Ten facts on the Basque set to become new Arsenal boss
PUBLISHED: 09:07 22 May 2018 | UPDATED: 09:07 22 May 2018
PA Wire/PA Images
With Arsenal set to appoint Unai Emery as their new boss, how much do you know about the 46-year-old Basque. Read on to learn more.
Unai Emery is 46-years-old and was born in the Basque region in the town of Hondarriba in 1971
His father and grandfather were both goalkeepers while Emery’s uncle, Roman played as a midfielder
Emery came through Real Sociedad’s academy but only made five appearances for the first team during 1995-96 before spending the majority of his career in the Segunda Division
While he was out with a serious knee injury at Lorca he was offered the vacant manager’s position by the club president – and immediately gained promotion to the second tier for only the second time in its history
After finishing fifth, only five points off promotion to La Liga Emery moved to Segunda Division Almeria guiding them to a first ever promotion to the top flight in 2007
He then guided the Anadalusian side to their highest ever finish, eighth in La Liga in 2008
He was head hunted by Valencia, succeeding Ronald Koeman as manager, leading them to a sixth-place finish and qualifying for the Europa League despite the club’s mounting financial problems
He led Valencia to third place for three successive seasons before moving to Spartak Moscow. Emery returned to Spain replacing Michel at Sevilla leading the club to fifth place and winning the Europa League beating Benfica. He then guided the team to the same trophy the year after, beating Dnipro in the final
In 2015-16 he lifted the former UEFA Cup for the third year in succession, beating Liverpool at St Jakob Park in Basel
He moved to PSG in June 2016 and during the course of his two-year reign has lifted Ligue 1, two French Cups and two French League Cups
If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Islington Gazette. Click the link in the orange box above for details.