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Unai Emery relishing challenge of succeeding Arsene as Gunners boss

Unai Emery relishing challenge of succeeding Arsene as Gunners boss

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has pledged to carry on Arsene Wenger's legacy of attacking football and insists the club can fight for titles right away next season even without a major overhaul of the squad.

Emery held talks with Arsenal executives in London on Monday, and his personal website appeared to confirm the news on Tuesday night when it posted a graphic with the caption: Proud to be part of the Arsenal family.

Gazidis was joined by head of football relations Raul Sanllehi and Sven Mislintat, Arsenal's head of recruitment, in the initial interview process - the pair's appointments over the previous year proof that the club are moving away from the autonomy under Wenger.

Arsenal has officially unveiled Unai Emery as their new manager.

Gazidis said Emery was one of eight candidates who went through an extensive interview process.

Gazidis said he is confident that the Arsenal players will respond well to the energy that Emery will bring to the club.

The 46-year-old Spaniard arrives at the club following a two-year spell at PSG.

All were interested in the position and we were unanimous in our choice of Unai to drive the next chapter of our history. "I believe in the players who are here".

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"All the way going through the process, Raul, Sven and I spoke to each other as little as possible".

"We spent an entire day discussing among those three".

Emery, decked out in a club suit, said he felt equally enthused following his meetings with the recruitment panel.

He shares our vision to move forward, to build on the platform created by Arsene Wenger and help this club enjoy greater success. "For all the coaches over the world, he's a reference and I learned from him all the things in football".

Arsenal paid several tributes to Wenger in the build-up to his exit as the Frenchman received a gold replica of the Premier League trophy, while players and fans were given "Merci Arsene" T-shirts to wear for the final home game against Burnley.

The freakish omission left many supporters bemused, with two Doubles, and unbeaten title-winning season, Arsenal's first European Cup final, a new stadium and a record number of FA Cups passed over.

"I will be with them in this way but I will speak individually with all the players face to face. I think we can [develop] with these players, and the objective is to work hard together with these talented players".