It is very well-documented that the numerous Kroenke ‘sporting franchises’ in America have hardly been steeped in success under their management, so Arsenal has basically been the jewel in their crown up until we dropped out of the Champions League places a couple of years ago, so does the decision to displace Wenger and replace him with one of Europe’s top young coaches show that they really do want to maintain Arsenal’s position as one of the top clubs in Europe.
Certainly Unai Emery has been convinced of their credentials, as he said yesterday. “I am thrilled to be joining one of the great clubs in the game.” the Spaniard said. “Arsenal is known and loved throughout the world for its style of play, its commitment to young players, the fantastic stadium, the way the club is run. I’m very excited to be given the responsibility to start this important new chapter in Arsenal’s history. I have met Stan and Josh Kroenke and it’s clear they have great ambitions for the club and are committed to bringing future success. I’m excited about what we can do together and I look forward to giving everyone who loves Arsenal some special moments and memories.”
Emery has also promised to continue to give the Arsenal fans great exciting football as well as the doing their best to win trophies, which is one of the main reasons why Arsenal are watched avidly all over the world. He promised that his team would play “With personality. This personality for all the minutes of a match: protagonists. I like the possession with the ball, I like good pressing against the other team. I prefer to win 5-4 than win 1-0.”
Stan Kroenke also sounded confident that Emery will get Arsenal back to the top, when he said: “We’re delighted to welcome Unai to Arsenal. He’s a proven winner. We’re confident that he is the right person for the job and that he will work to deliver the triumphs our fans, staff and everyone who cares about Arsenal want.
“Several things stood out during his interview and the entire process; his football knowledge, energy, determination and love of the game. His familiarity with our club and our players, the Premier League and the game in Europe were all very impressive. He shares our vision to move forward, to build on the platform created by Arsène Wenger and help this club enjoy greater success.”
Well us fans will just have to wait and see, but at least we can look forward to next season with a little more excitement than we have seen in the previous few years. Hopefully Emery will prove to just as successful in England as he was in Spain and France….