Monchi, after leaving AS Roma, chose to return to Sevilla ahead of an offer received from Arsenal. Emery also revealed Marseille sports chief Andoni Zubizarreta was another to be considered for the job.
Emery told El Larguero: "I told them I was a field coach, I did not have time to do the job of manager, and Monchi was one of the candidates.
"I knew him, I have a good relationship, we've talked a couple of times.
"The deal with Zubizarreta would be very nice."