Arsenal flop Unai Emery insists he has not ruled out the prospect of an imminent return to England and the Premier League. Arsene Wenger’s successor was fired in November following a calamitous run of results which culminated in a shock Europa League defeat against Eintracth Frankfurt, played out in front of a half empty Emirates Stadium. Emery, who led Arsenal to last season Europa League final where they were crushed 4-1 by Chelsea, was subsequently interviewed for the managerial job at Everton but was overlooked with the Toffees’ board opting for Carlo Ancelotti instead. Following his sudden and acrimonious departure from Arsenal, Emery has publicly criticised his former players and argued he inherited a team in something close to disaray upon his arrival in the summer of 2018.
And despite enduring a difficult relationship with Arsenal fans during his time in north London, the Spaniard insists he is ready to have another crack at management and although Spain remains his likeliest destination, England remains a possibility.
Speaking to Eurosport’s ‘Confinados’ programme about his future, Emery said: ‘I am open to coaching. ‘In Spain, in England, in Italy, in France, elsewhere… but if you ask me where I think I will be, I think I will be closer to the Spanish league. ‘After four years if I have a good chance to return to Spain and I feel like it, I want to face it.
“he first objective is to return next season, but if I can’t find anything that fits what I hope for or reaches my heart, I will wait. ‘Everton was interested in me and I thought about it. I didn’t say no, we also had a three-hour interview.’