Ian Wright sends warning to new Arsenal manager

Ian Wright has his say on the news that Arsenal are close to appointing Unai Emery as their new manager

Ian Wright
Arsenal legend Ian Wright Photo: BT Sport

Ian Wright has warned Unai Emery that he will have to instantly hit the ground running if he is appointed as Arsenal manager.

The north London side are believed to be close to appointing Emery as their new boss after widespread reports emerged on Monday that the Gunners were close to making the move.

The news comes as something of a surprise, as the Gunners were being heavily linked with a move to appoint former midfielder Mikel Arteta.

Arsenal are looking to appoint a long-term successor to Arsene Wenger after the Frenchman stood down at the north London club after 22 years in charge.

Spaniard Emery is available after having left Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season.

However, Arsenal legend Wright has admitted that he is somewhat perplexed by the way Emery has emerged as a candidate to take over at The Emirates.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live, Wright said: “What’s going on at Arsenal? Where’s Unai Emery come from? I can’t get it out of my head.

“You’d have thought that by now they would have known exactly what’s going on. Emery has had loads of money to spend at Paris Saint-Germain and now has to come to Arsenal with £50m, with a bunch of players who have been playing in second gear.

“His coaching ability will have to get going instantly and he will have to find some gems instantly.”

The next Arsenal manager will be tasked with steering the Gunners back into the Champions League places.

The Gunners finished in sixth place in the Premier League table this season to leave them without Champions League football next term.

Arsenal have not won the Premier League since their famous unbeaten triumph back in 2003-04.

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