Emery, who leaves his publish at Spanish club Villarreal, takes over from Steven Gerrard who was sacked final week after Villa slumped to a 3-0 defeat to Fulham.
In an announcement, the Midlands club mentioned: “Aston Villa is delighted to announce the appointment of Unai Emery because the club’s new head coach.”
Villa described Emery as a “extremely skilled prime stage coach who has managed over 900 video games”.
The 50-year-old led Villarreal to Europa League success in 2021, beating Manchester United within the final, earlier than guiding them to the semi-finals of final season’s Champions League final season the place they misplaced to Liverpool.
Prior to that he additionally took Sevilla to a few successive Europa League titles between 2013 and 2016, happening to raise Ligue 1 in France with Paris Saint-Germain.
During his spell at Arsenal he lead the Gunners to the 2019 Europa League final the place they have been humbled 4-1 by Chelsea.
Villa mentioned Emery, who was on account of be out of contract with Villarreal on the finish of this season, will take over from November 1 after work allow formalities are accomplished.
It can be Emery’s second Premier League stint after managing Arsenal for 18 months earlier than he was dismissed following a seven-match dropping run.
Former Liverpool and England midfielder Gerrard paid the worth for Villa’s wretched begin to the season, which sees the club languishing only one place above the Premier League relegation zone.
Villa have gained solely two of their 11 league matches this time period and their tame give up at Craven Cottage proved the final straw for the club’s hierarchy as they axed Gerrard after simply 11 months in cost.
Villarreal mentioned Emery would maintain a farewell press convention on the club’s coaching floor on Tuesday.
“Head coach Unai Emery has knowledgeable Villareal CF of his unilateral determination to terminate his contract with the club,” the Spanish outfit mentioned in an announcement.
“Emery has gone down in Villarreal CF historical past for changing into the primary coach to win a title with the club, the UEFA Europa League, in addition to the historic achievement of reaching the Champions League semi-finals final 12 months.
“Villarreal CF wish to thank Unai Emery for the work he has carried out and desires him the most effective of luck in his profession.”