Arsenal plan to stick to Unai Emery’s three years contract

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Unai Emery does not have a break clause in his Arsenal contract at the end of the season, according to reports.

Emery replaced Arsene Wenger as manager in May 2018 following a rigorous interview process.

The club were hesitant to dish out a lengthy contract to Wenger’s successor given the calamitous reign of David Moyes at Manchester United.

It was understood that Emery signed a three-year deal but reports emerged last season that the club inserted a break clause into terms after two years.

Such a stipulation would allow the club to part ways without paying off the Spaniard, but there has been contrasting information published.

Some media outlets claim Emery has a two-year deal with an option from the club to extend it a further year.

But The Athletic have today claimed Emery’s contract is a straightforward three-year agreement.

Although the information is not said to be concrete, it has been confirmed by a number of sources.

Arsenal have historically given their manager time and would ideally see Emery realise his vision with this current crop.

The changed structure of the hierarchy, however, does make it easier for head coaches to come and go given the delegation of typical managerial duties.

There is a sense that failure to get top four will spell the end for Emery but it does not seem as straight-laced as that.

Emirates Stadium officials are believed to be happy with Emery’s progress and director Josh Kroenke was particularly complimentary of the coach in August.

“I think he’s doing a great job – has done a great job and is doing a great job,” the American said.

“Turning the page from such a legendary manager and figure as Arsene – not only at Arsenal but in European football – was always going to be a difficult page to turn and as a club I think we’ve turned it as elegantly as we could.

“I think Unai’s daily approach is fantastic. He’s out there on the pitch, he’s working, he’s watching video, he’s communicating and his daily energy and devotion to his work is fantastic – it’s exactly what we need.

“Challenging for the Premier League title is always our goal, that’s what we talk about constantly.

“Based on the strength of our league, which is the greatest in the world, if you’re competing for the Premier League title, you’re competing elsewhere for other silverware as well; whether that’s the FA Cup, whether that’s European silverware. We want to go for it all.”

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