After an underwhelming spell with Paris St. Germain came to an end, Spaniard Unai Emery looks set to become the new Arsenal manager in a strange turn of events.
With numerous outlets reporting that former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta was all but set to take over from Arsene Wenger at the Emirates, Emery has now become the apparent front-runner.
BREAKING: Arsenal to appoint Unai Emery as new manager. Thorough process produced 46yo Spaniard as unanimous choice. Available after leaving #PSG (1 Lg1 title, 4 cups), previously Sevilla (3 EL wins), not fluent English. Announcement + press conference likely later this week #AFC
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) May 21, 2018
The BBC's David Ornstein tweeted out his belief that a deal was imminent, with certain other notable Arsenal correspondents corroborating his suggestion.
Arsenal gone cold on Mikel Arteta at 11th hour - and will appoint Unai Emery as next manager https://t.co/hnNaXSNNiz
— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) May 21, 2018
Emery, who enjoyed a far more successful spell in charge of Sevilla, endured two difficult season in charge of the French giants Paris St. Germain.
Despite winning the league this season, PSG memorably lost out last season to Monaco. Furthermore, two disappointing Champions League defeats to Barcelona, and, more recently, Real Madrid all but rendered his position untenable.
At Sevilla, however, the 46-year-old led the Spanish side to three successive Europa League wins.
With reports suggesting that Arsenal will look to announce the arrival of Emery during the coming week, the surprise decline in talk surrounding Arteta's suitability for the role will make for fascinating reading.