* Arsenal appoint first new manager since 1996
* Emery replaces Wenger after leaving PSG
* Spaniard guided Sevilla to three straight Europe League titles
LONDON, May 23 (Reuters) - Arsenal named Spaniard Unai Emery as their first new manager for 22 years on Wednesday following Arsene Wenger’s departure.
The club’s website said the 46-year-old would join as head coach, having spent the last two years at Paris St Germain.
Announcing the appointment, Arsenal’s chief executive Ivan Gazidis said: “Unai has an outstanding track record of success throughout his career, has developed some of the best young talent in Europe and plays an exciting, progressive style of football that fits Arsenal perfectly.
“His hard-working and passionate approach and his sense of values on and off the pitch make him the ideal person to take us forward.”
Frenchman Wenger’s final season in charge, having taken over in 1996, ended in disappointment with Arsenal finishing sixth in the Premier League — missing out on Champions League qualification for the second season in a row. (Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by John O’Brien)