Pep Guardiola says Unai Emery's career 'speaks for itself'

Unai Emery PSG Paris Saint-Germain

Unai Emery PSG Paris Saint-Germain

A surprise for some, but confirmation for everyone else.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has praised Arsenal's appointment of Unai Emery as the club's new manager.

"Unai Emery is to become our new head coach", said a statement on the club's website. "The first meeting with Arsenal personnel was with people who, after three hours, I had a very good feeling that we will work together and create a new present and future for Arsenal", Emery told a packed Emirates press room.

Emery left PSG earlier this month after two years, a effect of the failure to carry the dominance on the domestic stage into the Champions League.

PSG, who have won five French league titles in six years and are owned by big-spending Qatar Sports Investments, have struggled for success on the European stage.

That follows the appointments of Raul Sanllehi as head of football relations and Sven Mislintat as head of recruitment over the past year.

"Unai has an outstanding track record of success throughout his career, has developed some of the best young talent in Europe and plays an exciting, progressive style of football that fits Arsenal perfectly", Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis said.

"His hard work and passionate approach and his sense of value on and off the pitch make him the ideal person to take us forward", Gazidis said.

According to the Times, the Spaniard was stunned to learn of Arsenal's decision to hire Emery, having even discussed transfer targets with the club.

Wenger departed at the end of the season following a 22-year reign, with the club finishing sixth in the Premier League.

The 46-year-old Spaniard will not enjoy the same authority as Wenger built up at Arsenal, being handed the title of head coach rather than manager.

His first match in charge will be on 26 July, when Arsenal take on Atletico Madrid in a pre-season friendly in Singapore. It was thought that former Gunners player Mikel Arteta was the front-runner for the role, until Emery expressed his interest in the jog a few days ago.