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Unai Emery is the new frontrunner for the Arsenal job after Mikel Arteta withdrew from the running to succeed Arsene Wenger, according to Sky sources.

As the club look towards improving next season, having again failed to qualify for the Champions League, two possible transfer targets to emerge are Borussia Dortmund centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Freiburg defender Caglar Soyuncu. When I met him in Paris a year ago he did not speak any English.

"We lost against Real but they are showing that they are maybe still the strongest team in Europe", said Emery when announcing his departure.

Wenger, however, will not have any say in the appointment of the new man, and was pictured waving goodbye as he left the club's Hertfordshire training complex on Monday. "Arsène who?" did not turn out too badly.

Despite being impressed by Arteta, senior figures among the Arsenal board began to favour Emery early last week, following initial talks with the 46-year-old, who parted ways with PSG at the end of this season.

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Emery, who made his name during his three-year stint in charge of Sevilla, was at one stage a 66/1 shot and behind Tim Sherwood in the betting odds to become Arsenal manager.

In all, he won one Ligue 1 title and four domestic cups in two seasons in charge in Paris, while he also guided Sevilla to three consecutive Europa League triumphs between 2014 and 2016.

"He was a leader, has good passion for the game, knows the club and knows what is important at the club", Wenger told BeIn Sports.

Emery flew into London on Monday for negotiations before a unanimous choice of the Spaniard replacing Arsene Wenger at the Emirates.

Hailing from the Basque region of Spain, Emery, having only managed in his native country, Russia (Spartak Moscow) and France, reportedly doesn't speak much, if any, English.


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