Unai Emery and Arsene Wenger
Arsenal have a new manager after 22 years and Arsene Wenger’s successor has been tasked with taking the Gunners to the next level.
The press statement which announced Unai Emery’s arrival at Emirates Stadium described the Spaniard as a ‘head coach’ rather than manager. This was a telling piece of detail and confirms that the club have adopted a new continental – or north American – model, with Raul Sanllehi and Sven Mislintat both working closely alongside the new coach.
A hard-working and intense man, the 46-year-old former Sevilla and PSG boss is known for his video sessions which previous players have described as “obsessive”.
“Emery put on so many videos I ran out of popcorn,” said former Spanish winger Joaquín who played under Emery at Valencia.
“He’s obsessed by football, it’s practically an illness. He’s one of the best managers I’ve had. I worked with him for three years … I couldn’t handle a fourth.”
Chief executive Ivan Gazidis remarked that the Arsenal board would be “bold in the appointment” to find Arsene Wenger’s successor and while they decided against hiring Mikel Arteta, there can be no doubt that Emery’s arrival makes perfect sense with regards to his European experience and managerial pedigree.
The Gunners insist that they ran a thorough process which involved hours of research and interviews with candidates and it’s clear that plenty of thought went into the decision. From the outside, appointing Arteta seemed like a risk.
And in the end it was a risk not worth taking for a club who have slipped away from Europe’s elite in recent seasons.
Emery has a track record of improving players. At PSG, the likes of Marquinhos and Fresnel Kimpembe came on leaps and bounds under his tutelage, while youngsters like Timothy Weah have gone on record to thank the experienced Spaniard for integrating them into the first team. The coach will bring his own backroom staff with him including his trusty, vocal assistant Juan Carlos Carcedo, as well as a number of other figures who he worked with at Sevilla and PSG.
All signs point to Emery sticking with his favoured 4-2-3-1 formation for next season. He will ensure that Mesut Ozil remains as the traditional ‘No.10’ while Aaron Ramsey will also be in his plans for the upcoming campaign. Goal understands that Emery spoke with former Arsenal boss Wenger before taking the job and the Frenchman advised him on areas where the team needs strengthening, with defence unsurprisingly the first recommendation made by the 68-year-old.
Sevilla was the club where Emery made his name as one of Europe’s top tacticians and his working relationship with the Andalusian side’s sporting director Monchi turned them into a technically astute powerhouse. He now faces the task of working alongside Mislintat and Sanllehi, both of whom were involved in the process to find the next Arsenal manager.
Mislintat, in particular, will be a key ally of Emery’s. The former famously fell out with ex-Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel – a key reason for his eventual departure to Arsenal last year – and the German has already left his mark on the Gunners’ transfer dealings with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Konstantinos Mavropanos all arriving under Mislintat’s watch.
Similarly, Sanllehi’s head of football relations role can help Arsenal close deals that they previously struggled to finalise. The Spaniard has a wealth of experience in European football and a large contacts book which has already seen him raid former side Barcelona for a highly-rated La Masia prospect in Joel Lopez.
The beginning of a new era for Arsenal begins today. A new philosophy, a new face, new insight, new intensity and new players. Emery’s decision to take the job is a brave one when you consider the pressure placed upon him to win silverware but, as a club, Arsenal are well placed to succeed with a new management structure which is designed to get the best out of a team full of potential.
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Illegal Abortions Responsible For Mysterious Deaths In Bauchi: State Govt
Bauchi State Government has revealed that the mysterious deaths recorded in the State has been as a result of illegal abortions.
An investigation carried out by the Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency has revealed that illegal abortion by unqualified medical practitioners is the cause of mysterious deaths in Azare and other local government areas in the northern part of the state.
According to reports, no fewer than 200 women have died in Bauchi as a result of this and there are projections that the number could be more at the end of the investigation.
The Executive Chairman of the agency, Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, disclosed this Friday, May 29, at an interactive session organized by the Bauchi State Public Health Media Network.
Mohammed said the deaths resulted from unwanted and unplanned pregnancies by both married and unmarried women of childbearing ages who, after becoming pregnant, visited quack health workers to terminate the pregnancies.
He said the lack of understanding of the importance of child spacing as well as ignorance of what to do with such pregnancies had become a major problem to family health in the state.
He emphasized the need for adequate sex education for the girl-child by parents, particularly mothers, to reduce unwanted pregnancies, thereby reducing deaths from complications.
Ondo Govt Arraigns Suspected Killers Of Funke Olakunrin
The Ondo State Government has arraigned four men suspected to have killed Mrs Funke Olakunrin, the daughter of the National Leader of Afenifere, Pa Reuben Fasoranti.
Recall that it was earlier reported that the Nigeria Police Force handed over the suspects to the State Government.
They are Lawal Mazaje from the Felele area of Kogi State, Adamu Adamu from Jada area of Adamawa State, Mohammed Usman from Illela area of Sokoto State, and Auwal Abubakar from Shinkafi area of Zamfara State.
The suspects were arraigned on Friday by the government at a Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Akure.
Lagos Govt To Shutdown Markets Violating Social Distancing Order
The Lagos State Government has threatened to shut down markets in the State violating the social distancing order.
The Corps Marshal, Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC), Gbemisola Akinpelu, gave the warning on Monday at the Command Headquarters in the Oshodi area of the state.
In a statement issued by the Head, Public Affairs Unit of LAGESC, Adebayo Kehinde noted that the order is coming from the State Ministry of Environment.
He reiterated the commitment of the agency to monitor markets across the state to ensure that the directive of the government is being adhered to strictly.
He urged the traders to maintain environmental cleanliness around the markets and stop trading on road setbacks and drainage.
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