English football club, Arsenal FC have confirmed Spaniard, Unai Emery as the perfect replacement for Arsene Wenger, who steered the club’s affairs for 22years until 2018. Check out the Unai Emery Profile, Arsenal FC new manager.
Unai Emery Profile
Emery was born in born on November 3,1971, in Hondarribia, Gipuzkoa, Basque Country. His father and grandfather, named Juan and Antonio respectively, were also footballers, both goalkeepers. The former appeared for several clubs in the second tier, whilst the latter competed with Real Unión in the top division. Emery’s uncle, Román, played as a midfielder.
His father Juan and grandfather Antonio having both played professionally as goalkeepers, Emery came through the ranks as a left-sided midfielder at Real Sociedad
How Unai Emery Started Playing Football
Emery, a left-sided midfielder, was a youth graduate of Real Sociedad, but never really broke into the first team (aged 24 he appeared in five La Liga games, scoring against Albacete Balompié in an 8–1 home win).
After that, he resumed his career mostly in the Segunda División, amassing totals of 215 matches and nine goals over seven seasons.
He retired with Lorca Deportiva CF at the age of 32, after one season in Segunda División B.
He made his first-team debut in 1990 but failed to establish himself and made just five substitute appearances before spending the rest of his career in the lower divisions with Toledo, Ferrol, Leganes and Lorca.
It was while with Lorca he turned to management, switching his focus to the sidelines having been struck down by a serious knee injury in 2004.
He was put in charge initially with a responsibility to avoid relegation from the Segunda B division, but he led them to promotion instead.
When he followed up by guiding Almeria to the top flight he was firmly on the map and Valencia swooped for his services.
He may have found Los Che difficult to please, but his record of ensuring consistent Champions League football was creditable.
Football Coaching Career
The 46-year-old, Arsenal’s new head coach after two years in charge of Paris St Germain, is renowned for his meticulous attention to detail and his obsession with all facets of the game, notably tactics.
He is said to leave no stone unturned in his preparation for matches and so his players at the Emirates Stadium should expect to be prepared for every eventuality.
Emery’s lengthy video analysis sessions have become well-known within the game and former Spain winger Joaquin, who played under him at Valencia, once quipped: “Emery put on so many videos I ran out of popcorn!”
He added: “He’s obsessed with football – it’s practically an illness. He’s one of the best managers I’ve had. I worked with him for three years. I couldn’t handle a fourth!”
That intensity, coupled with the fact Emery has already managed six other clubs, suggests his reign will probably only last a fraction of Arsene Wenger’s 22 years, even if successful.
His track record is positive, the highlights being the three consecutive Europa Leagues he won with Sevilla and three successive third-placed finishes with Valencia in LaLiga.
Emery, who was born in Hondarrabia in the Basque Country, has worked his way up to the top of the management game from the bottom after an unspectacular playing career that was ended prematurely.
An unsuccessful six-month stint at Spartak Moscow followed, but he restored his reputation back in Spain with Sevilla and earned his chance at big-spending PSG.
Unai Emery Trophies
He won one Ligue 1 championship and four domestic cups in his two years in France, but a pair of last-16 Champions League exits undermined him.
The first of those was particularly jarring, with PSG surrendering a 4-0 first-leg lead to crash out to Barcelona last year.
This season they fell to Real Madrid, that failure contributing to his departure, despite a domestic treble.
The trophies will be harder to come by in north London, but in Emery the Gunners at least have a man who knows how to deliver them.