Arsenal’s new boss: Unai Emery’s strength & weaknesses + how players could line up under him

Quick Career Stats

First ever Spanish Manager to win the French Ligue 1 title in 2017-18 with Paris Saint-Germain. It was his second season at the club, after finishing second to Monaco in 2016-17

Before joining PSG, Emery had never finished higher than third in a top-flight league season (in both 2010-11 and 2011-12 at Valencia)

Emery has won 10 major honours as manager: One top-flight league title and three UEFA Europa League titles in addition to two Coupe de France, two Coupe de Ligue and two Trophée des Champions titles.

He has won a major competition in each of his last five seasons as a manager

46 year old Unai Emery started his Managerial journey after a career ending injury in 2005. He has managed six clubs – Lorca Deportiva, Almeria, Valencia, Spartak Moscow, Sevilla, PSG – Arsenal would be his seventh club

Emery has not been handed total control of the club kitty. He will need to work alongside Arsenal head of football relations Raul Sanllehi and head of recruitment Sven Mislintat

How could Arsenal line-up under him?

He has 50million to spend in overhauling Arsenal for the 2018/19 season

The 4-3-3 formation proved highly successful in Ligue 1, and Emery may stick to the system, but he could possibly change those who operate within it
Emery may adopt a similar approach at Arsenal. Defensive vulnerabilities have been a perennial problem in north London, and it will certainly need stabilising if the Gunners are to have any hope of making progress.

4-2-3-1: Emery classic

A system beloved by Emery in his homeland – having used it with Almeria, Valencia and Sevilla respectively – the system focuses on the use of a No.10, and this could be the perfect solution in finally getting the best out of Mesut Ozil.

Unai Emery’s biggest downside?    

He lost control of the PSG dressing room to star powers – player power from Neymar and Mbappe won the day most of the time.

He is not fluent in English.

He has a poor record with competitive game against big teams- against Pep Guardiola (10 losses) or Jose Mourinho

(lost in 5 games)

He became the first manager in Champions League history unable to hold a 4-0 first-leg lead.

His upsides:

He had scratched and clawed his way up the managerial ladder, overachieving with underfunded clubs.

He has a desire to promote players from the youth system across his career, even at PSG despite the enormous finances on offer.

The earlier part of Emery’s career is a better barometer, and it speaks to a guy who is an excellent man-manager a superb tactician who likes to tailor his approach to what he has available and a well-liked guy who cares what others think of him.

His detail oriented approach and rigorous use of video analysis. Neymar reportedly complained to his Qatari overlords that Emery’s video methods were too time-consuming, while former Valencia player Joaquim famously stated: ‘There were so many videos I ran out of popcorn.’

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