Ian Wright has praised former club Arsenal for appointing Unai Emery as their new manager and admits that he is "very pleased" with the decision.
The Spaniard emerged as a late contender for the job of succeeding Arsene Wenger in the Emirates Stadium hotseat, having only officially stepped down as Paris Saint-Germain boss last weekend.
Ex-Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta had been considered the frontrunner in the build-up to Emery's eventual appointment on Wednesday morning, and Wright says that he was surprised by the late change of mind.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, the 54-year-old said: "I'm very pleased with that. Obviously it came as a bit of a shock. I feel everybody was getting ready to digest Arteta, even though he is inexperienced when it comes to the level we are going to need. But Emery - very happy with that.
"I think it's a massive, massive decision they had to make. As much as I've given them stick, I still have to commend them on hopefully getting the right guy because it's a job I wouldn't want to do. Replacing Arsene Wenger after 22 years is a massive job in itself.
"We need our players competing and fit - and with a different mindset from what they've had in recent years. I'm not sure what his transfer budget is going to be. It looks like he's going to have to do a lot of work with what he's got.
"I think there's been a lot of time to sort this out. I think it's easily been known for a couple years that Arsene Wenger was getting to the stage that he'd be retiring. You would've thought all these things would've been taken care of - they would've sought these people out, spoken to all them and found out what their packages were."