"It's like they're at the sushi shop" - Wright questions Arsenal's choice of Emery

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Arsenal are set to appoint Unai Emery as Arsene Wenger‘s successor, according to reports.

The 46-year-old left French side Paris Saint-Germain at the end of this campaign following a two-year stint where he won one Ligue 1 title and four domestic cups, having led Sevilla to three successive Europa League trophies prior to that.

The Gunners are seeking their first boss since hiring Wenger in 1996 and the BBC claim Emery has emerged as their choice to replace him, with an announcement expected later this week.

Former Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta, currently part of Pep Guardiola’s backroom team at Manchester City, had been heavily rumoured to be the leading candidate and Wenger said last week the Spaniard “has all the qualities to do the job”.

Arteta, Luis Enrique and Juventus’ Massimiliano Allegri were among those strongly linked to the role and Emery has only been seen as an outside bet with bookmakers since Wenger’s departure was first confirmed last month.

Ian Wright, who scored 185 goals in 288 appearances for Arsenal, has accused the club’s hierarchy of being indecisive.

“It’s like they’re at the sushi shop,” he told 5 live on Monday night.

“You know the stuff that’s just going past? Yeah, I’ll have that. I’ll take that. I’ll leave them ones. No, I’ll take that one now.

“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. Unai Emery’s now the favourite? He’s going to be the manager?

“Good luck to him if he comes in and gets it. I’ll back him. The fact is you just want people upstairs to be decisive with what they’re doing. I think they’ve had the time. This is the problem I’ve got.”

Reports suggest Arsenal conducted in-depth interviews with several candidates from a long list of potential managers.

Their new boss will need to work alongside head of football relations Raul Sanllehi and head of recruitment Sven Mislintat, and rumours suggested Arteta was concerned with the incoming head coach’s level of control in the new structure.

However, it is believed no one pulled out of the race and the Gunners have settled on their preferred choice.

Emery has worked in such models previously, enjoying great success at Sevilla with sporting director Monchi, who is now at Roma.

News of Emery’s possible appointment came on the same day Wenger was pictured waving goodbye as he left the club’s Hertfordshire training complex.

The 68-year-old stopped to pose for selfies and sign autographs in what is expected to be the final act of his departure from Arsenal, having admitted last week he had no time to return properly and “empty my desk” following the last of his 1,235 matches in charge of the Gunners on May 13.

Arsenal are also in the process of overhauling the backroom staff, with the roles of assistant Steve Bould and coach Jens Lehmann among those to be decided.

It is understood that as many as six other employees will depart, including long-term coach Boro Primorac and Colin Lewin, head of the club’s medical department.

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Arsenal are set to appoint Unai Emery as Arsene Wenger’s successor, according to reports.

The 46-year-old left French side Paris St Germain at the end of this campaign following a two-year stint where he won one Ligue 1 title and four domestic cups, having led Sevilla to three successive Europa League trophies prior to that.

The Gunners are seeking their first boss since hiring Wenger in 1996 and the BBC claim Emery has emerged as their choice to replace him, with an announcement expected later this week.

Former Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta, currently part of Pep Guardiola’s backroom team at Manchester City, had been heavily rumoured to be the leading candidate and Wenger said last week the Spaniard “has all the qualities to do the job”.

Arteta, Luis Enrique and Juventus’ Massimiliano Allegri were among those strongly linked to the role and Emery has only been seen as an outside bet with bookmakers since Wenger’s departure was first confirmed last month.

Ian Wright, who scored 185 goals in 288 appearances for Arsenal, has accused the club’s hierarchy of being indecisive.

“It’s like they’re at the sushi shop,” he told 5 live on Monday night.

“You know the stuff that’s just going past? Yeah, I’ll have that. I’ll take that. I’ll leave them ones. No, I’ll take that one now.

“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. Unai Emery’s now the favourite? He’s going to be the manager?

“Good luck to him if he comes in and gets it. I’ll back him. The fact is you just want people upstairs to be decisive with what they’re doing. I think they’ve had the time. This is the problem I’ve got.”

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Real Madrid target Eden Hazard hints at Chelsea stay in bid to win Premier League title next season

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Eden Hazard has hinted a summer departure from Chelsea is unlikely as the Belgium playmaker targeted another Premier League title.

The 27-year-old won a first FA Cup with the Blues on Saturday, scoring the decisive penalty in the 1-0 win over Manchester United.

Hazard has two years remaining on his current contract, which he signed in February 2015, and last week said he was hesitating over an extension as he wants Chelsea to sign “good” players.

He also said he was happy at Chelsea amid repeated links with Real Madrid – and he was bullish after the Wembley win.

“We have a lot of top players, players who are used to winning trophies. We will be ready next season,” Hazard said in the London Evening Standard.

“I think all of the players and the club want one thing and that’s to win the title.

“Of course we will see if we can bring in some new players. But we will be focused on winning the title.”

Hazard has two Premier League titles with Chelsea, who he joined in the summer of 2012.

The Champions League is the one major club trophy he is yet to win during his spell at Stamford Bridge.

Hazard celebrates

But Chelsea are not in the competition next term after finishing fifth in the Premier League as Manchester City became the first team to reach 100 points in winning the title.

And Pep Guardiola’s side will seek to become the first since Manchester United 10 years ago to win back to back championships, with Chelsea seeking to stop them.

Hazard added: “If City keep playing like this, it is going to be hard, but you never know in football.

“It is always hard to win the league one season and then win it again the next year.

“Can winning the FA Cup in the last game be taken into the start of next season? Yes, of course.”

The FA Cup final is expected to be Antonio Conte’s last as Chelsea head coach.

The Italian described himself as a “serial winner” who “can’t change”, insisting the tactics deployed against United were necessary due to the personnel at his disposal.

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