Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reacts to Unai Emery’s appointment as Arsenal boss
The Arsenal striker welcomes the appointment of Unai Emery as the new Gunners manager
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has welcomed the appointment of Unai Emery as the new Arsenal manager.
The Gunners confirmed the 46-year-old as Arsene Wenger’s replacement on Wendesday at the Emirates Stadium following some intense speculation.
Emery has taken over the reins of the north London outfit after Wenger spent 22 seasons in charge of Arsenal following his appointment in 1996.
The former Sevilla manager will be tasked with steering Arsenal back into the top four for the first time since 2016.
The Gunners haven’t won the Premier League title since 2003-04, while Arsenal haven’t reached the last eight since 2010.
Aubameyang completed a club record £56m move to Arsenal from Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund in the January transfer window.
While the Gabon international expressed his surprise at Wenger’s exit, Aubameyang has endorsed his replacement Emery.
“It’s a very good coach, it’s never easy in Paris, there’s a lot of pressure,” Aubameyang told RMC Sport. “I know he did a great job in Seville and Paris, too.
“Of course it’s weird that the coach goes after 22 years. It’s life, we have to move forward, we’ll have to get everyone thinking to work hard to compete with the best.”
The 29-year-old scored 10 goals in 13 appearances in the Premier League to hit the ground running at the north London club following his big-money move back in January.
The Gunners lost 2-1 to La Liga giants Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semi-final to miss out on a potential spot in the Champions League.
Arsenal have won the FA Cup three times in the past five seasons under Wenger.