Arsenal's new head coach, not "manager" as the club embrace collectivity after the emperor era of Arsène Wenger, stepped into the public gaze at the Emirates Stadium yesterday and certainly passed his first test.
Emery, who won three Europa Leagues in a row with Sevilla, also referenced his poor record against fellow managers Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola, saying that "in terms of my past experience, it has made me stronger today".
Emery already has one thing in common with Wenger after making clear his disdain for the Frenchman's old rival Jose Mourinho.
The Spaniard, who signed off at French champions PSG with a domestic treble, emerged as the shock favourite to replace Arsene Wenger earlier this week after it had appeared that former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta was a shoo-in to land the job.
"All of those eight people that we approached, that we targeted, were interested in the position".
"His career speaks for itself", Manchester City boss Guardiola told Sky Sports, speaking ahead of Arsenal's official announcement. He said Wednesday he, head of football relations Raul Sanllehi and head of recruitment Sven Mislintat all had Emery at the top of their lists, per James Olley of the London Evening Standard.
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"Arsenal is a club with fantastic personality and identity and I believe and the club has shown me that they believe, it is about showing that personality and showing the stature of this football club". "None of them at any stage withdrew their interest".
But after careful consideration, Gazidis said that last Friday, the committee unanimously agreed to recommend the appointment of Emery to the board. "A formal recommendation was supported by a 100-page dossier and all of the members were energised by our decision".
"I think we need to understand that success isn't instant".
Gazidis said that Emery had been hugely impressive in his May 10th interview, when he had "an analysis of our individual players, their qualities and how he feels he can help them develop individually and collectively in detail".
He also cautioned against expecting instant rewards from the new man, dubbing any demands for immediate success "naive".