Plenty were surprised when it was Emery, most recently of Paris St Germain, who was selected following a rigorous interview process headed by former chief executive Ivan Gazidis.
"When the possibility opened to sign here, the first coach, the first person in the football world I called was him", Emery said of Gracia. Ramsey has signed a pre-contract agreement which will see him join Juventus in the summer but before then the Wales worldwide is determined to make a major impact for Arsenal, the club that he has represented for the past eleven years.
The Spaniard said: "I try to choose the best players for the next game".
Watford train next door to Arsenal's London Colney headquarters and the proximity of the two teams has helped Emery and Gracia maintain their friendship this season.
"Yes sometimes", Emery replied when asked if he met up with Gracia away from football. We don't have only one final - we have seven finals.
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"It was a good conversation about football because Javi Gracia is also a football man. We know the assistant coaches and Javi Gracia and we appreciate them".
Arsenal travelled to Watford on Monday night, looking to reclaim a top-four place as the season enters its climax.
Initially, ex-gunner Mikel Arteta was rumoured to be a front-runner for the job but Emery's interest in taking over the North London side was enough to sway the board in his favour. "Masina is ready. He came on and did very well and in other games as well".
"They are very hard teams to battle because defensively they are very strong and this is now at Watford". I think it was very important in this position with one more player on the pitch to break the lines and attack the last third better with our players, and in the second half we didn't score a goal with good chances.