The Legendary Unai Emery
The Gunners are on fire this season as they went on to bag ten consecutive victories with the help of Mesut Ozil under new manager Unai Emery. This is Arsenal’s second continuous conquests since their 12 back-to-back wins in 2007, more than a decade ago.
Never before in his 11 years as an elite coach in European football has the new Arsenal boss managed an impeccable 10 out of 10 uninterrupted wins, until last Tuesday, October 23, in a match against Leicester City.
Unai Emery was selected as Arsenal’s head coach in May 2018, replacing Arsene Wenger after his 22 years spell as the club’s manager.
The Spanish national spent most of his playing career in his native land’s second division, retiring at 32 years old with third-level team Lorca Deportiva, promoting the club to the second division for the first time in Lorca’s history. In his second season as Lorca’s manager, the team ended in the fifth place with 69 points, missing the promotion to the top flight by only five points.
In 2006, Emery took over at Almeria in Division Two, once again helping the club overachieve and helping them secure their first ever promotion in the La Liga. The Andalusian outfit placed eighth in the 2007-08 season of La Liga which urged a move to Valencia where he replaced Ronald Koeman as the head coach.
He spent four years at Valencia, assisting them to three consecutive third place finishes from seasons 2009-10 to 2011-12, which secured their place in the UEFA Champions League. He departed Valencia for a brief stint at Spartak Moscow where he was criticized after a run of disappointing results.
Unai Emery took over at Sevilla halfway through the 2012-13 season, winning the UEFA Europa League during his three full seasons stay at the club. Due to his stint at Sevilla, he earned a transfer to Ligue 1 top-ranked team Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2016.
He signed a two-year deal with the French side with the option of extending to a third. His record at PSG was even more impressive since it can be noted that the team was without Neymar throughout that period due to a foot injury which led the Brazilian striker to miss PSG’s route towards the Ligue 1 title. PSG was won both domestic cups in Emery’s entire two-year spell in France, concluding a treble in season 2017-18 as PSG came out victorious in the Ligue 1.
Catch Arsenal in action as they battle Sporting CP on Thursday, October 25. Read all about their match here.
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