Arsenal are due to appoint former Paris Saint-Germain boss Unai Emery this week, according to a report from Sky Sports News, and the fan reaction on Twitter has been incredibly mixed so far.
The 46-year-old manager led the Ligue 1 giants to a domestic treble this term, but was replaced by ex-Dortmund man Thomas Tuchel after an underwhelming Champions League campaign, where his side were touted among the favourites.
Former Arsenal midfielder and captain Mikel Arteta was supposedly in the running for the position, but is said to have withdrew from negotiations on Monday, over concerns with the club's transfer policies. He will now likely remain at Manchester City as part of Pep Guardiola's entourage for the upcoming season.
Here is some of the reaction to the surprising news:
WENGER DIDNT LEAVE FOR THIS pic.twitter.com/XHUFi6IX9v— TheArseneView (@TheArseneView) May 21, 2018
He won a European Competition 3 times, something Wenger couldn’t do once in his whole career.— Pop Debuchy (@TacticalGooner) May 21, 2018
Europa League is coming to Arsena in 2019. pic.twitter.com/puCaws4W8x— ♚ Kris ☆♚ (@Santi_Classorla) May 21, 2018
Better than Arteta tbh.— The 48 (@Je_suis_Gemeaux) May 21, 2018
Lol why are people banging on about this 3 Europa leagues in a row? That means at least twice when he was In the champions league he finally finished 3rd in the group— Joel Campballer (@worldstarbro) May 21, 2018
Doesn’t excite me. He’s the rung under the rungs that’s elite. Seems to safe. I will happily be proved wrong but doesn’t excite yet. But like many I’ll give him time he needs.— Red White Gooner ⚪️ (@RedWhite_Gooner) May 21, 2018
let me just eliminate the barca psg game out of my life pic.twitter.com/vi6aaaWtgE— Sam Batlle (@Sam_Batlle) May 21, 2018
Cup merchant, bottled the league to the only other competitive side and then bought their best player to weaken them.— MacDaddy (@rhodes911) May 21, 2018
“Unai Emery is demanding, studious and brave, the new Arsenal boss has a close friendship with Pep Guardiola but no time for Jose Mourinho”........ I love him already— MR DT © (@MrDtAFC) May 21, 2018
It appears Emery on the whole was not the level of appointment that the majority of Arsenal fans were expecting after the end of Arsene Wenger's 22-year dynasty at the club, with names like Luis Enrique and Massimiliano Allegri proving far more popular among the fans.
Despite the controversy surrounding the decision, there is no doubting the Spaniard's quality though, having one the Europa League three consecutive times from 2014-2016 with Sevilla, before earning the Manager of the Year award for his only season in France.