With Spaniard almost certain to become Arsenal’s boss, we answer some questions about him.
Unai Emery is all set to become the manager at Arsenal football club. The announcement will reportedly be made by the weekend. Arsenal fans will finally see an unfamiliar face at the manager’s bench in the dugout next season, something which most of their fan-base wished for.
theSportsRush answers some questions which the Arsenal fans might be itching to get an answer to.
What sort of a manager is he?
Unai Emery’s managerial style has always been nuanced, and one with precision. His attention to details is not hidden to the world. He used to make video analysis of every player in his time at Valencia. When one player was disinterested in watching such videos, he handed him an empty USB. Next day in training, he asked the player if he watched the video.
Explain his footballing philopsophy.
The Spanish manager doesn’t really have a strict set of principles when it comes to footballing philosophies. This differentiates him from Arsene Wenger, his predecessor. Unai Emery, normally, is an offensive manager, but that changed when he landed in Paris. Various factors, inside and outside of the team led to a change in his offensive approach to the game at Paris Saint Germain.
This would be one thing which Arsenal fans will be receptive to. They’ve seen Arsene Wenger, whose footballing tactics never really changed in his 22 years at the club. Wenger’s non-conforming approach to the way football changed, especially after his invincible season, led to the downfall of Arsenal in his later years.
What does he think about the youth?
Unai Emery’s excessive attention to detail might be overbearing at times, but his attention to youth compliments the Arsenal philosophy. In Emery’s time in Spain, he developed many players who now represent club and country at the biggest stage. These names include Juan Mata (Manchester United), Jordi Alba (Barcelona) and Ever Banega (Valencia). In Paris Saint Germain, he played a crucial role in the development of Adrien Rabiot into a key box-to-box midfielder for the side.
What are his core values when it comes to football?
In his book, “Winning Mentality: the Emery method”, he writes, “Fans want their emotions to come to the surface and the only to way to make that happen is to give them a team that transmits emotion: intensity, attacking, scoring goals, competing, fighting.”
About the Champions League, Emery stressed that it means nothing to the fans if a team gets knocked out of Champions League group stages.
Arsenal fans are in dire need of a “winning mentality” of such sorts.
What does he think about Jose Mourinho? Umm, just for information purposes.
Good news, Arsenal fans. Unai Emery dislikes Jose Mourinho almost as much as his predecessor. Well, at least in front of the cameras.
During his time at Valencia, he said, “Mourinho’s stance is that of a crybaby.” Emery added, “We have reasons to draw up a list with errors and to make a public complaint for every time we have been adversely affected, but we don’t.”
Certainly, Arsenal fans can happily relate to him!