Arsenal have unveiled their new boss just the other day. Following the retirement of Arsene Wenger, former Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain boss Unai Emery will be the new head coach of the Emirates side. And Wednesday marked the beginning of the Emery-era in Arsenal.
Unai Emery held his first press conference yesterday, and he was impressive to the British press. The Spaniard, despite his weak English skills, insisted on holding the press conference without the interpreter and it was clear that he wanted to leave a good first impression in front of the people.
“Thank you Arsene Wenger for your legacy”, Emery started his press-meet with a nice gesture. He revealed that he would love to continue with the way Arsenal like to play. The Wenger-style of football, which includes keeping the possession and attacking with flamboyance, is what the new boss would like to hold on to, as it seems. But, in addition, he also said that he would want to use more pressing.
“I think the history here is one thing, they love playing with possession of the ball,” Emery commented. “I like this personality, I like being the protagonist with the ball. And when you don’t have possession of the ball, I want a squad that is very, very intensive with the pressure. It’s very important for me to be a protagonist with the ball and pressing when you don’t have the ball.”
The new Arsenal gaffer was also asked how he intends to prepare the side for the intense action of the Premier League. Emery’s response was interesting, “How do you develop? I think that’s about battling for every title. That’s something that is in Arsenal’s history and it’s in my history as well. And I want that to continue.
“Our objective is to win titles and to be among the best teams in Europe. I also want to make the fans proud of the team. I know they already are, but I want them to continue to be”, he further added.
However, the former PSG manager did not reveal his plans for a summer overhaul, neither did he give any idea about potential targets he has in mind. It remains to see how Unai Emery approaches in his preparation for the challenges of English football.
Watch Unai Emery’s first press conference below:
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