Unai Emery would be hoping to end his first season at Arsenal with silverware when he leads the club into the Europa League final against Chelsea later in May.
And the Spanish manager can take inspiration from former Gunners manager, George Graham, who was signed by the club from Millwall to become manager on this day in 1986.
Graham had initially been considered to come to Arsenal as assistant manager to Alex Ferguson, whom the Gunners had approached to become their manager in 1986.
But the Scotsman, who was handling Aberdeen and the Scotland national team at the time, decided to wait till after that year’s World Cup in Mexico before making any decision on his future. He would later sign for arch-rivals, Manchester United, where he spent 26 years.
Graham is regarded as an icon at the Emirates Stadium, having helped the Gunners end long 10-year wait for a league title, with a dramatic 2-0 win on the last day over Liverpool at Anfield seeing Arsenal lift the 1988/89 league title by virtue of goal difference ahead of the the Reds at the end of his third season at Arsenal.
It was Arsenal’s first league title in 18 years, with Graham among the players when the club were crowned champions in 1971.
However, he made sure the Arsenal fans did not have to wait so long to celebrate another title as the Gunners were champions again in 1990/91 – losing just one game in that season.
Graham tasted more success by guiding Arsenal to become the first club to win a domestic double after claiming the FA Cup and League Cup in the 1992/93 season following 2-1 wins over Sheffield Wednesday in both competitions.
And after unsuccessful sojourns in the European Cup, he then helped the club to win the Cup Winners Cup title in the 1993/94 season, beating Italian side, Parma, to lift the club’s second ever trophy in European competition – his last title win in any competition for the club and, as it has turned out, the last time Arsenal have since tasted success in European competition.
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Paris Saint-Germain is home to a host of Brazilian football stars, most prominent of whom is Neymar. However, one of the other Brazilians at the club will be getting all the attention rather than Neymar on this day in football as defender, Marquinhos, celebrates his birthday.
Hardest worker, biggest joker!
— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) May 14, 2019
To celebrate the 25th birthday of their second captain, PSG posted a clip of his many happy moments at the club, alone and along with other team-mates such as former Manchester United midfielder, Angel di Maria, as well as Neymar, Marco Verratti and fellow defender, Thomas Meunier.
Marquinhos, who can also play as a right back and defensive midfielder, joined PSG from AS Roma after signing a five-year contract with the French Ligue 1 giants in July 2013 for a fee of €31.4 million – among the highest transfer fees ever paid for a player under 20 years old.
At the time of his move to PSG, Marquinhos stated: “I’m going to do all I can to continue that tradition, and take my turn to write some great pages of the club’s history. PSG is going to allow me to improve alongside some exceptional players with the hope of winning trophies and the hearts of the supporters.”
He made his debut for the Brazil national team in the same year and for PSG, where he went on to claim five league titles, four Coupe de France titles, five Coupe de la Ligue titles as well as four Trophee des Champions wins in a successful spell at the Parisian club.
In January 2014, Marquinhos was named by British newspaper The Observer as one of the ten most promising young players in Europe.
“He has the temperament to remain undaunted, the talent to succeed, and could benefit from playing alongside his club team-mate, Thiago Silva, with whom he enjoys a solid understanding at wealthy Paris Saint-Germain,” the publication wrote.
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