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Unai Emery has told Arsenal’s hierarchy that he plans to build his team around Aaron Ramsey and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to reports. The 46-year-old is set to be officially announced as Arsene Wenger’s successor after impressing Arsenal chiefs in an interview. Mikel Arteta had been the favourite to land the job, but the Gunners have opted for a manager with more experience. According to The Sun, Emery delivered a presentation to Arsenal’s board two weeks ago, which included an in-depth analysis of every player at the club. And during his interview, Emery made it clear that both Ramsey and Aubameyang will be integral to his plans ahead of the new campaign.
The report claims that Arsenal’s chief executive Ivan Gazidis and his recruitment team were left ‘gobsmacked’ by Emery’s attention to detail and his forensic knowledge of the squad. A source close to Arsenal told The Sun: ‘He knew more about the Arsenal squad and every relevant detail about their career path and injury histories than people who had been at the club for years. ‘They’d no idea where he had gathered his information but they were mesmerised by the vision he put before them.’
Aubameyang has hit the ground running at Arsenal since his £56 million transfer from Borussia Dortmund in the January transfer window. The 28-year-old scored 10 goals in 13 Premier League appearances and looks set to lead the line next term. Ramsey, meanwhile, has a year remaining on his contract with Arsenal, while his agent indicated over the weekend that talks over a new deal have not begun. Reports have suggested that Arsenal will look to offload Ramsey as a way to bolster their £50m transfer budget. But it now appears Emery is keen for the Wales international to remain at the club.