Ever since Arsene Wenger announced his plan to resign as Arsenal manager at the end of the season, attention turned to his possible replacement.
The new leader had huge boots to fill given that Wenger was in charge of the North London outfit for 22 years, during which he won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups.
For weeks, former Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta was thought to be the front-runner.
The 36-year-old inexperienced candidate only retired from the game two years ago, and since then he has been working as an assistant coach to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.
On Monday, a curveball was thrown when BBC Sport reported that former Paris Saint-Germain boss Unai Emery was to be appointed this week.
It is believed that the Arsenal board unanimously agreed that the Spaniard was the right man to succeed Wenger.
The 46-year-old’s CV is impressive given that he won five trophies, including the Ligue 1 title in two years at PSG.
Prior to his arrival at Parc des Princes, Emery guided Sevilla to three successive Europa League crowns.
The surprise news has been met with a mixed response from Arsenal fans, who have been posting their thoughts on Twitter.
With all the managers Arsenal have either interviewed or been linked with, surely Gooners can agree on Unai Emery. He fits our criteria and is an accomplished, young manager with knowledge of the game #AFC
— Lewis (@skip2_mylew) May 22, 2018
Personally I’m more comfortable with Emery than Arteta! Time to come together as a club and push on! #AFC
— Chris Read (@CJRead82) May 22, 2018
Arsenal fans are the worst. Just hours ago , we spat and cursed at the idea of Arteta for lack of experience and swore the board had no ambition. 24hrs later we got a manager who ticks all the boxes – Experience, Trophies, Age and now its "he doesnt speak English" #afc #Emery
— Teekay 'Yombo (@seantoksy) May 22, 2018
— Kijana Kenn (@kijana_ken) May 22, 2018
It'll be good to see what a manager with a bit of bite can do with #Arsenal squad. Toughen up a few and make us more difficult to beat but it seems so unromantic. I don't foresee #Emery ever being able to close the gap on those at the top. Arteta is unknown > #afc #arteta
— John Redmond (@JrShotWho) May 22, 2018
You just know Arteta will be managing Barcelona in 5 years, winning treble & we will be talking about how he was so close to signing for the Arsenal. Experienced that before, ready for it again. #afc
— Emery SZN (@GrandeArsenal) May 22, 2018
— ConcreteGooner (@ConcreteGooner) May 22, 2018
I'm really not sold on Emery.
Like, really not.#AFC
— James Eagles (@therealjeagles) May 21, 2018
Not sold on Unai Emery, but I guess time will tell.
— Jordan Edmonds (@JordanEdmonds15) May 21, 2018
My only issue with Emery is he doesnt have any pull as a manager. Hate or love Wenger, he could attract players to the club on the strength of his name. Emery does not have that status yet
— Gooner Digest (@GoonerDigest) May 22, 2018