Arsenal fans comment on reported imminent Unai Emery move to Newcastle United
Arsenal fans watched Unai Emery take charge of 78 games for the Gunners.
The Spanish manager appointed on 23 May 2018 and recording 43 wins, 16 draws and 19 defeats.
Arsenal fans saw Unai Emery take Arsenal to fifth top of the Premier League in 2018/19, as well as runners up in the Europa League.
With Arsenal in eighth place in the Premier League on 18 points and despite only three defeats in their opening 13 PL games of the 2019/20 season, Arsenal fans forced Unai Emery out on the 29 November 2019, just as they did with Arsene Wenger. At the time, the Gunners were also top of their Europa League group with 10 points from five matches.
So a little less than two years later, news broke this (Tuesday) morning that Unai Emery is on the brink of a return to the Premier League with Newcastle United.
Widespread reports from journalists saying that only personal terms now to be agreed and that after taking charge of Villarreal against Young Boys in the Champions League tonight, Unai Emery is expected to be heading to Tyneside and be in charge of Newcastle for Saturday’s match at Brighton. The reports also unanimous in naming Eddie Howe as Newcastle’s back up plan, if for any reason the Emery deal fails at the last minute.
So what have Arsenal fans had to say about this news of their former boss apparently set to arrive at St James Park…
Some mentions of Unai Emery with only two wins in eleven La Liga games this season with Villarreal but they have drawn six of them, so only three league defeats this season so far and not a disaster.
‘With the magpies, imagine if you’re Callum Wilson and going from Brucey to Don Unai.’
‘Happy for Unai, a gentlemen and deserving of good things.
Think Newcastle are missing a trick if they are going the short term route. Conte is the best in the game in that respect.
Should have persisted with the Rangnick + Potter/Fonseca combo I reckon. That setup has some great club building potential.’
‘Damn, Newcastle was the only winnable game in that little run after the international break.’
‘Definitely interesting, Emery has a lot to prove and I hope it happens.’
‘Someone should tell Newcastle that they need to go for Wenger and Giroud if they want to go full Arsenal.’
‘I always felt we should have kept him for longer. It’ll be good to see him back in the PL.’
‘Jesus Christ, now Arteta gets to be out-coached by Emery twice a year.’
‘Emery back in the PL? Literal tears in my eyes.’
‘Lol i can’t believe they going for unai.’
‘Good manager, with experience. Pump in £1.2bn like Mansour and Abramovic did and they’re good for a league title in a couple of years.’
‘Proven winner Unai. He is a good manager, he’ll need to get them to stability and not get relegated.’
‘Unai Emery’s Black & White Army.’
‘They are not going to attract a top manager in their current state anyway.
Let’s hope Emery learned his lesson at Arsenal and will use an interpreter if necessary this time.’
‘Unai always start at clubs well, he got 70 points and EL final with us, at Villareal he won EL.
If Newcastle manage to hire him and get few good players in January they’ll be safe.
The problem with unai always his 2nd season at Villareal, they struggling and not playing well.’
‘From all we know the problem with Unai in a different league is communication.
Something that’s much easier for him in La Liga.
Hopefully for Newcastle he has improved on that front from when he was with us.’
‘Emery win 55.1 % at Arsenal.’
‘There may be better options. But the fact of the matter is they are still Newcastle. They are dreadful at the moment. A top tier manager might not want the bother of having to build a side.
No doubt when there is any kind of sign of them becoming competitive better managers will be sought.
They’re doing it the right way in my opinion. Don’t run before you can walk.’
‘Welcome back Unai.’
‘I agree Newcastle should build slowly, like Man City did, but I think there are better options than Emery or Howe, with their financial backing.
Howe did a brilliant job at Bournemouth, with very limited resources, but could he do the same with the bigger name players that Newcastle will buy, with the pressure from more demanding supporters?
As for Emery, I think they should be aiming higher than him.
If the new owners are really serious, which I’m not sure they are, they could go for someone like Pochettino, who has the experience of dealing with big name players.’
‘If the limit of the quality of manager they are looking for comes down to Howe and Emery, I don’t see them challenging for the top four places.
When this takeover was announced I wasn’t too bothered as I don’t think they will be much of a threat, not even to us, and these managerial rumours aren’t doing much to change that.’
‘Interesting they prefer Emery at this stage.
Howe seems like the better choice imo, despite being relegated he did excellent work at Bournemouth with limited investment.’
‘Unai 2 wins in 11 this season at Villarreal, shows despite the unlimited money Newcastle need a while to improve their stance in the game.’
‘Risky appointment but Emery is a great coach up to a certain level.’
‘Newcastle are still a sh.t team, so getting a coach of Emery’s calibre would be big. His career has been built on helping sides punch above their weight.
Tough brief given the position that Newcastle are in at the moment. If the money is good…’
‘I would go for Howe, if I was Newcastle.
Emery is a quality manager, but not sure he is one to really work that well outside his own country, bit like Moyes though more successful obvs (maybe a translator would help)
Feel Eddie is better suited for what Newcastle need, atm.’
‘Hope its Unai, would love to see him in the Premier League again.
He deserves a big break and big success as well, a very underrated manager in the game.’
‘Ffs just notice my guy unai has 2 wins from 11 in la liga and they spent alot of money in summer. Really hope good start at Newcastle don’t need another abuse or these good evening jokes.’
‘He had a tough time following Arsène, at that point everybody still believed the AFTV mantra ‘Any manager could get top 4 with Arsenal’. Similar to the tough times Moyes had following Fergie.
Expectations of both sets of fans have since plummeted. And both managers have proved competent since.’
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