Arsenal manager Unai Emery has been added to the shortlist of men lined up to replace Ernesto Valverde at Barcelona.
Valverde delivered the League title to the Catalans, but is widely perceived to have failed this season after the side’s shock reversal at the hands of Liverpool in the Champions League. And that disappointment was compounded by defeat to Valencia in the final of the Copa del Rey last weekend, which stopped them completing the double.
With the fans at the Nou Camp never fully embracing Valverde’s caution-first style of football, the club hierarchy are ready to make a change, and have drawn up a shortlist of candidates to replace him, with Emery’s name, according to The Metro set to be amongst them.
Emery only joined Arsenal a year ago, but is regarded as an expert when it comes to knock-out football, having guided Sevilla to three successive Europa League titles, as well as taking the Gunners to this year’s final against Chelsea in Baku.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.