Mikel Arteta appointment backed by Unai Emery
Mikel Arteta appointment backed by Unai Emery

Mikel Arteta appointment backed by Unai Emery

Mikel Arteta’s appointment has been backed by immediate former Arsenal boss Unai Emery.

With a chunk of players and coaches sharing their sentiments, Emery said that Arsenal is making "a good decision" by appointing Arteta to replace him as manager.

In his first broadcast interview since leaving Arsenal, Emery told BBC Sport's pundit Guillem Balague: "He really is prepared to make that next jump.

"He has been at Arsenal before, he's been in the Premier League and he has been working with Pep Guardiola. I do believe this is a good decision and I would also like it to be a good decision."

Time at Arsenal

On his time at Arsenal, Emery said: “The truth is that in the first year I was very pleased and the only thing left for me to do was to put the rubber stamp on the season with a win in the final of the Europa League. In the knockout stages, we looked powerful.

“And then we played in the final against Chelsea where we had a great first half in a tactical sense, and where, in my opinion, we could have taken control of the game. But Eden Hazard separated both sides in their favour and they won the match. And in the league, we swam right up to the shore and died on the beach.

“We effectively lost a top-four finish at home in two games, a draw against Brighton and a loss to Crystal Palace. These happened at a time when we were heavily involved in the Europa League.”

Emery, 48, was sacked last month after an 18-month spell in charge ended with a seven-game winless run.

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