Posted on 24th May 2018
New Arsenal manager Unai Emery says a return to the Champions League is crucial for Arsenal as he begins work as the new head coach at the Emirates.
The Spanish boss led Paris Saint-Germain to a domestic treble last season, has been chosen as Arsene Wenger's successor after the French club opted to swap him for Borussia Dortmund's Thomas Tuchel last week.
Arsenal finished sixth in the Premier League last season, consigning the club to a second consecutive season in the Europa League as Arsene Wenger's 22-year association with the club ended. In a role which demands so much, Emery says a return to the top four is vital.
Emery told a packed press conference: "Our objective is to be among the best teams in Europe, to win titles and to be in the elite of European teams,
"I believe in the players who are here. The objective is to work hard together. That is very important for the club after two years outside the Champions League to work in this way. To be the best club, the best team in the Premier League and also in the world."
He added: "I think that's about battling for every title. That's something in Arsenal's history and in my history as well. I want that to continue."
The new boss received a warm welcome on the Arsenal official website as he looked relaxed as he shown around his new surroundings in London at his unveiling.
Emery beat off competition from a host of potential candidates including ex-players, Mikel Arteta and Patrick Vieira. However, Emrey’s appointments is a signal of intent, given his experience, success and availability.
Arteta appeared to be the favourite for the role, despite having never managed a single senior game. Meanwhile, Emrey has a managerial career spanning over 800 matches across six clubs. Ultimately, Emery’s appointment made logistical sense.
The 46-year-old is an exciting appointment given his glowing CV which includes a hat-trick of Europa League triumphs with Sevilla. More recently, five trophies is two years at Paris Saint-Germain - A trend Arsenal supporters hope he can continue in North London.
Arsenal Chief Executive, Ivan Gazidis and the Gunners hierarchy needed to move fast to secure his services and will be pleased that they have tied him up so quickly. Arsenal wanted to go with a big-name with European experience and Emrey was one of a few names who could match the calibre ready for a immediate start.
The club are yet to confirm if Emery will bring in any of his own backroom staff, although Juan Carlos Carcedo, Pablo Villanueva, Julen Masach and Victor Manas have all reportedly been lined up for roles.
When asked how big a rebuilding job it is for Emery, chief executive Gazidis said: "I think all of our players will respond to the new energy that Unai brings. I think they will have somebody under whom they can improve their individual game and our collective game.
"I don't think anybody believes that sixth place is a place that a club of the stature of Arsenal should be. We need to look to improve that."
It is an exciting time to be an Arsenal fan right now as they embark on a new era under Unai Emery. Buy your Arsenal tickets for next season when the Premier League fixtures are announced on 14th June on Football Ticket Pad.