Arsenal's Unai Emery job offer surprises former player William Gallas
Claudio Ranieri, who would like to manage in England again after leaving Nantes, has backed the ex-PSG head coach to succeed
By Declan Olley
Last Updated: 23/05/18 9:59am
Former Arsenal defender William Gallas is shocked by the club’s impending appointment of new manager Unai Emery.
But Gallas feels the club should have appointed a manager who has connections with Arsenal.
Speaking before confirmation of Emery's appointment, he told Sky Sports News: "I'm a little bit surprised Unai Emery will be the manager.
"I expected to see the former legend players like Patrick Vieira or Thierry Henry and personally I didn't understand why they didn't speak to them and offer them that job because they did a lot for that club.
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"So I was a little bit surprised but I'm not a chairman, I'm just a former player and I give my opinion.
"I think in the next year we'll see what Arsenal are going to do because they will be under pressure. If Unai Emery goes to Arsenal he needs results and it won't be easy."
Meanwhile, former Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri, who managed against Emery's PSG this season with Nantes, has backed the Spaniard to succeed Wenger.
"He's a good man, a good coach," the Italian told Sky Sports News. "He managed a lot in Spain and had a very good season with PSG but in Paris you have to win the Champions League - that is the target there.
"Unai is a very strong man, a good manager and I think he could have very good success there.
"I think they need three or four years to stay calm then restart. But football is fantastic; you never know what could happen."
Ranieri is without a club having left Nantes by mutual consent this month after just one season in charge and has admitted he is keen to return to management.
He said: "Why not? I don't know now, but one day I'd like to come back to England.
"I am waiting [for offers]. I have some good situations but I'm waiting to find the right solution."
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