Joaquin claims Arsenal-bound Unai Emery is 'obsessed' with video analysis

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Joaquin has revealed the habits of his former boss.

If reports are to be believed and Unai Emery is taking over at Arsenal, the Gunners squad might want to stock up on their popcorn supplies.

The 46-year-old Spaniard is, like the man he is rumoured to be succeeding at the Emirates Arsene Wenger, a football nut.

Former Spain winger Joaquin, who played under Emery at Valencia, told The Guardian of his old boss: “Emery put on so many videos I ran out of popcorn!

“He’s obsessed with 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!”

A near 22-year stint like Wenger’s may be out of the question then, but Arsenal fans would no doubt settle for a short reign were he to replicate some of the success he has had in his managerial career.

As a player, Emery, whose grandfather and father were both footballers, spent most of his career in the Spanish second tier prior to retiring at 32 due to a knee injury.

As a manager, Emery made a greater impact, guiding his first two clubs Lorca and Almeria to promotions prior to landing a job at Valencia.

There were three successive top-three finishes with Los Che before a short-lived, unsuccessful spell at Spartak Moscow. On Emery’s website there are a list of achievements next to each club he has taken charge of. For the Spartak entry, where he spent six months, there is nothing.

Back in Spain, Emery restored his reputation by leading Sevilla to a trio of Europa League titles, the most recent of which came in a final against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool in 2016.

Emery led Sevilla to back to back Europa League titles.

Emery led Sevilla to back to back Europa League titles.

At Paris Saint-Germain he would win one Ligue 1 championship and four domestic trophies across a two-year span, but there were also a pair of last-16 Champions League exits.

The most notable came against Barcelona last year when PSG threw away a 4-0 first-leg lead to crash out.

The video of that 6-1 second-leg loss at the Nou Camp would have made for grim viewing, as have some of Arsenal’s later performances of the Wenger era.

Emery posted a message on his Twitter account when Wenger’s departure was confirmed last month – a post which has now taken on greater significance.

He said: “Impossible to talk about @Arsenal, the @premierleague and the profession of coach without mentioning Arsene Wenger, one of the references probably. Thank you Arsene!”

For a man so consumed by video analysis – he claimed he spends “12 hours” watching clips for each game – Wenger’s Gunners will now likely be his reference point over the coming weeks.

And though Emery has European pedigree and an impressive CV, Arsenal fans seem unsure if he can produce a team capable of compiling the highlight reels they want to see.

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It seems former Paris Saint-Germain boss Unai Emery is the Arsenal board’s man to replace the legendary Arsene Wenger.

The Frenchman left the Gunners at the end of the Premier League season, with the Spaniard set to be the Gunners’ first new boss in 22 years.

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Five things you need to know about Unai Emery as he closes in on Arsenal job

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Arsenal are set to appoint Unai Emery as their new manager.

Manchester City assistant Mikel Arteta was one of the favourites to replace Arsene Wenger, but former Paris Saint-Germain boss Emery is expected to be announced in the role later this week.

Here’s a look at five things you may not know about the Spaniard, who switched from player to manager in 2005.

FOOTBALL RUNS IN HIS FAMILY

Emery followed his family blood line into the game – both his father and grandfather, named Juan and Antonio respectively, were goalkeepers.

The former appeared for several clubs in the Spanish second tier, whilst the latter competed with Real Union in the top division and his uncle Roman played as a midfielder.

INJURY CALLS FOR MANAGERIAL ROLE

Emery’s first managerial post was at former Spanish third-tier side Lorca Deportiva, with whom he made over 30 appearances as a midfielder before succumbing to a knee injury aged 32 in the 2004-05 season and being offered the coaching job.

He led them to promotion and from there he moved on to a four-year spell in charge or Valencia where he led the club to European qualification in each season before a short stint holding the reins at Spartak Moscow in 2012.

SEVILLA SUCCESSES

Benfica, Dnipro and Liverpool were the teams beaten by Sevilla in Europa League finals between 2014 and 2016. The Portuguese giants were defeated 4-2 on penalties after a goalless draw in 2014, before the Ukrainians were downed 3-2 the following year.

The hat-trick was completed with a 3-1 come-from-behind win over Liverpool in Basel two years ago.

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PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENTS

During his successive spell in charge of Sevilla, Emery received a nomination for the FIFA Best Coach Award in 2015 – after a fifth-placed finish in La Liga – but eventually lost out to then Barcelona boss Luis Enrique.

He collected gongs for European Coach of the Season in 2013-14 and multiple La Liga Manager of the Month awards at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, while more recently he was awarded the the Trophees UNFP du football, top manager prize at Paris St Germain.

SPORTING CONNECTION

Emery is not the only sporting son from the Basque town of Hondarribia – golfer Jose Maria Olazabal, Masters winner in 1994 and 1999, also hails from there.

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