Arsenal began their training session earlier this week under the new head coach, Unai Emery.
After 22 seasons of football with Arsene Wenger, Arsenal are going through a massive change as a club, under a new manager.
On this past Monday, Unai Emery started his era impressively, with the players coming back from their summer break to get familiar with the new manager for the first time and also begin pre-season training.
Just like the officials at the club, the squad also has to adjust to a different ideology of Unai Emery.
Reports confirm that the Spaniard has already clarified the players that his ideology is very different to that of former manager Arsene Wenger. It is reported that Emery will bring change on the mobile phone use and how the senior and youth squad integrates during training.
Arsenal’s squad, excluding those who played for their countries in the World Cup this summer, have made a return on Monday with the first day seeing many medical and fitness checks on the players.
From Tuesday, the players have been training on the pitch, with Emery and assistant head coach Juan Carlos Carcedo heading the training sessions.
Under former manager Wenger, Arsenal’s first few days of training rarely saw much ball work, with the Frenchman laying stress on fitness. However, the norm has changed this summer, with Emery and Carcedo instantly looking to get the players play their way.
The timings of the training sessions have been changed as well, with two sessions being conducted in the afternoon, with the second one being held at 4pm, which is far later than the time in Wenger’s era.
Emery has also put new rules in place on how the players will behave while they are out on the training pitch.
The use of mobile phones for players has been restricted, with the players being instructed on Tuesday that they can use it at only certain times of the day, while they are strictly told not to use mobile phone while eating lunch.
Unai Emery has also made the lunch period as an occasion where all players of Arsenal integrate, as the youth players eat alongside the senior squad.
Reports further confirm that the atmosphere at Colney has been brilliant, with both the staff and the players willing to adjust to the change. A sense of excitement has aroused ahead of the new season, with the squad being impressed with what their new manager has to say about his vision for the future of the Gunners.
Sources also reveal that Arsenal’s majority shareholder, Stan Kroenke, also went to Colney on Friday to meet Emery, who he appointed back in May.