Unai Emery has this afternoon revealed his opinion that Arsenal’s decision to appoint Mikel Arteta as the club’s new boss was the correct one.
The situation surrounding the hotseat at the Emirates stadium had proven one of the main talking points throughout the European football media over the last three weeks.
This came after a disastrous opening to the campaign, culminating in a 7-game winless streak across all competitions, eventually cost Unai Emery his job in north London late last month.
Club statement: Unai Emery
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) November 29, 2019
Club legend Freddie Ljungberg was subsequently appointed interim Arsenal boss, but has since largely-struggled to turn the Gunners’ fortunes around.
5 outings across all competitions have seen the Swede guide his former side to just a solitary victory.
As such, on the back of a comprehensive 3-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City last weekend, reports had since mounted that Arsenal’s search for a new permanent manager had kicked up a notch.
And, amid widespread speculation that an appointment was imminent, the north Londoners finally made their decision official earlier today, with Mikel Arteta having departed his post as Manchester City no.2 in favour of taking the reins at the Emirates.
The Spaniard will begin working with the Arsenal squad from this Sunday.
Welcome back, Mikel! 👋
Head coach of The Arsenal 👔 pic.twitter.com/lhsAfQ7cfq
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) December 20, 2019
‘Really is prepared’
And one individual who feels as though the capital giants’ board have made the correct call in opting for Arteta, despite his lack of experience, is predecessor Unai Emery.
Speaking in an interview with Guillem Balague of BBC Sport a short time ago, former Arsenal boss Emery labelled the installment of his fellow countryman on the bench in north London ‘a good decision’, explaining:
‘He really is prepared to make that next jump.’
‘He has been at Arsenal before, he’s been in the Premier League and he has been working with Pep Guardiola. I do believe this is a good decision and I would also like it to be a good decision.’