Former Arsenal manager, Unai Emery has been appointed as the manager of La Liga side Villarreal on a three-year deal.
The Spaniard, Unai Emery succeeds Javi Calleja who left Villarreal despite a fifth-place finish that secured a Europa League spot.
Emery has been out of action since his sacking by the Premier League club Arsenal in November after 18 months of being in charge. The former coach had taken over from Arsene Wenger after winning three successive Europa Leagues with Sevilla and a Ligue 1 title with PSG.
Prior to spells in charge at PSG, Sevilla, and Spartak Moscow, Emery managed Villarreal’s local rivals Valencia from 2008-12.
An official statement via the La Liga outfit’s website reads, “Villarreal CF has reached an agreement with Unai Emery for the Basque manager to be Yellows head coach for the next three seasons”.
“The manager will be presented on Monday at 12:30 pm CEST in a press conference, which is exclusively open to media, which will take place in the Functions Room in the Preferencia Stand at the Estadio de la Ceramica.”
“In recent seasons, the Basque manager has been in charge of two top-level projects on the European stage”.
“After his successful time at Sevilla, he moved to Paris Saint-Germain, with whom he added to his trophy cabinet, winning a Ligue 1, two Coupes de France, two Coupes de la Ligue and two French Super Cups”.
“In his last role as manager, Emery took charge at Arsenal FC with whom he was UEFA Europa League runner-up in the 2018/2019 campaign”.
Emiliano Martinez reacts to his former boss’s new appointment.
The Gunners goalkeeper, Emiliano Martinez tweeted on a good luck message to Emery thus becoming the first Arsenal player to react to the news.
He wrote, “All the luck in your new adventure mister”.