Aston Villa: How will Unai Emery play?

Aston Villa manager Unai Emery while at Valencia directs his players during the La Liga match between Villarreal and Valencia at Estadio El Madrigal on January 8, 2012 in Villarreal, Spain.
(Image credit: Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)

Unai Emery is the new Aston Villa manager, replacing Steven Gerrard and leaving Villarreal midseason for another crack at the Premier League. 

And yet, the former Arsenal manager is still a mystery to many. The Basque boss spent around 15 months in north London, tinkering and tweaking away with his side until his demise. Since then, he's re-energised his career back in his native Spain – naturally, winning the Europa League once more.

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Mark White
Content Editor

Mark White has been at on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, first as a staff writer before becoming content editor in 2023. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also represented FFT at both FA Cup and League Cup finals (though didn't receive a winners' medal on either occasion) and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He has written cover features for the mag on Mikel Arteta and Martin Odegaard, and is assisted by his cat, Rosie, who has interned for the brand since lockdown.