Bellerin’s comments about Emery’s training can only give Arsenal fans great confidence for the future

Hector Bellerin is probably the one Arsenal player that had more to lose when Unai Emery came in, as the young Spaniard was an automatic starter under Arsene Wenger, despite some lacklustre performances. But the 23 year-old is gushing about how good the changes under his fellow Spaniard has been, and he can see many improvements from when Le Prof was in charge. Bellerin told ESPN: “The training has been way different,”

“We work on different things to how we did with the boss [Wenger]. Both coaches have philosophies that are different. Arsene Wenger was a manager that led a lot of inspiration from the players. He gave you a lot of freedom.

“Unai Emery is a bit more tactical. We are going to be more organised on the pitch and they are different philosophies that have worked for them both. We are getting used to it, working really hard, everyone is really excited.”

“It has been very different for everyone,” he continued. “Mr. Wenger had been at the club 22 years. When a new coach comes in, lots of things change, not just on the pitch but the backroom staff is different. A lot of people that weren’t here before are now here. Every change is always for the better.

“They had a lot experts looking for a coach and if they think Unai Emery is the one, he will be. He has great experience in Spain, he has been at the top level and even with teams that have not had the best players, he has made them competitive.”

Well if that doesn’t fill Arsenal fans with much more confidence for this season then nothing will. If Wenger only tried to improve the team by trying to give them confidence then it clearly hasn’t worked for many years. As far as I am concerned there is no substitute for hard work if you really want to be the best, and it looks like Emery is certainly making them do that.

The King is Dead, Long Live the King!!!



  1. AndersS says:

    We needed this change for years.
    But it may take some time for Emery to change the culture.
    Hope we get a decent start, so he will be given the time.

    1. Brian Rotich says:

      @Anderss…..Top 4 would be a good start

      1. Gavana says:

        No, Europa league is the best bet to come back to champions league!

      2. AndersS says:

        Agree Top 4 this year would be good. But I was more hinting at the actual start of the season. If we get a bad start, there might be too much pressure on the manager too early. I would like to see him given a chance to implement the changes, as they are quite dramatic. Several new players, new tactics and new training methods. Doubt it can be done in under 2 months, which is what Emery/we are looking at.

  2. Brian Rotich says:

    So optimistic right now….all hail Emery

  3. gotanidea says:

    Good to hear that more tactical stuff

    But I believe Emery would still use 4-2-3-1 in his first EPL match, like Wenger

    1. Ackshay says:

      Emery will probably use 4-2-3-1 with auba as left forward a bit similar to wenger using walcott as right forward in 4-2-3-1 during his best goalscoring season. I love to hear about the tactical stuff just as much as i love to see how the players talk about it. Players improve by having different coaches input which leads to different improvement in different areas. Players got to see how much they were creatively capable with wenger creative freedom philosophy, now they can use that experience in emery more tactical philosophy. E.g Mustafi, bellerin, ramsey will improve their defensive positioning and body language when defending while retaining the attacking knowledge they gained from wenger. Bellerin and ramsey progress have stagnated because spending a years under the same coaching staff which was not regularly upgraded as there is only so much you can learn from a person.

      Chelsea still benefits from the defensive knowledge they gained from mourinho(when he was still good). The knowledge was been passed on and improved with conte tactics and now will improve with sarri knowledge.

  4. Kenya 001 Arsenal says:

    So the season starts in 2wks.. Tis been such a long tym cant wait neva been this +ve for s/time bring on city aint scared now we hve tactics now onwards and upwards corg!

  5. Gifted says:

    I wonder if we would all be this optimistic if we had appointed Mikel Artea

  6. Gifted says:


    1. Durand says:

      Thank goodness we don’t have to find out aye?
      Arteta got a manager gig yet?

      That is what you call dodging a bullet.

      1. RSH says:

        or he could end up being a great manager and we missed out. And because nobody else went after Arteta means he’s not rated? Quite the opposite, he’s very highly valued at City and is held in high regards. Arteta would’ve been a very unknown level of quality but you can’t say it’s a bullet dodged when you don’t know what would’ve come of it

  7. LL COOL GUNNER says:

    I think we are sleeping on Julian Brandt, we need a winger, brandt is a very good option, young strong, fast and skillfull, if our top targets are difficult to get, I think we should get him..

    1. AY75 says:

      Very true, I prefer him to Lozano or any other winger we’ve been linked with so far…… or even those on fans’ wishlists

    2. OzzieGunner says:

      My preference was Wilfred Zaha, but Chelsea have apparently offered Crystal Palace £30 million PLUS Danny Drinkeater for him.
      Julian Brandt would be a good option with international experience, but with youth on his side.

      1. OzzieGunner says:

        How did “Drinkwater” become “Drinkeater” – fat fingers on my phone!

      2. Goonerboy says:

        Chelsea always buying getting players that has punished them.
        Zaha is always a pain in the neck when facing Chelsea, i hope he flops for them

        1. Goonerboy says:

          Ooops! “buy” or “get” choose one???

    3. GunnerJack says:

      Welcome to the ‘we must have a winger’ bandwagon.Will be interesting to see what Unai decides. Many good wingers out there but no sign of our new staff wanting one yet, despite Kev’s oft-repeated bleatings to the contrary.

  8. snowden says:

    What time does the match kick off?

  9. Chiza says:

    Has anyone taking a good look at our premier league fixtures list…i guess it favours us somehow… If we can still be challenging for the title by 16th of March then i guess our run of fixtures after that date could take us to the title.. I consider them matches we can get maximum points from…even the opening premier fixtures look good..if we can get good enough points from man city,chelsea and West Ham then I don’t think teams will be able to stop us so easily..the confidence will be much…..i know we just have to take it step by step and game by game and then hope for the best… But to be honest the fixtures list smiled on us if only we can take advantage…..the only negative though is that our last match is at burnley.. I would love us to lift the title at emirates before going to Lancashire…i don’t want to lift the title at burnley.. It is not a beautiful stadium and it is too windy over there… SMILES

    1. GunnerJack says:

      Please explain how you come to the conclusion that the fixture list favours us? I would have preferred far easier games for our new look team to gel together. Will be happy if we draw the first 2 games. Anything above that would be a very welcome bonus.

  10. LL COOL GUNNER says:

    yeah if we can’t get coman, Baily or dembele, Brandt will be next on my list, he’s stronger than lozano, built for the EPL..

  11. jon fox says:

    Forgive my cynicism but this article says nothing of importance. So Bellerin tells us he welcomes the new coach and his new methods. Well, of course that is a fair comment but he could hardly say anything else could he! Nor could any player! What MATTERS is how Bellerin takes new ideas on board in his play and in his rather immature head too and whether he FINALLY realises his main job is to help defend , which means being in the right back position when we are under attack; not chasing uselessly back from 40 yards too far upfield. We shall see, as words are fine but actions are what MATTERS.

    1. GunnerJack says:

      Yes I remember Mourinho giving Luke Shaw a public bollocking for being 25 yards away from the winger he was supposed to be marking, instead of 5 yards, just before that player created a goal. Bellerin take note!

      1. Andrew E says:

        I worry about Bellerin, not a good crosser of the ball and not a good tackler. His only real attribute is pace but that is not enough at EPL level. I honestly think he is overrated based on what I have seen over the last 2 or 3 years. I also notice that Barca’s alleged interest has waned of late.

        1. AndersS says:

          Yes Bellerin was very promising untill a couple of years ago. His demise really accelerated, when we went to 3 at the back.

          Emery’s 4 at the back is much better for him, so I think he might be one our most improved players this season.

          1. Midkemma says:

            I thought that was when Bellerin became noticeably worse as well, I do think the lack of guidance from Wenger caused uncertainty in him… Oh and how Wenger liked to encourage our players to get forward and leave the defending to imaginary friends.

            Why are people so quick to forget these things?

            I do feel gobsmacked at times by so called supporters. If the def players was so bad then how did we fin in the top half when we had such bad defenders and a manager who thought defending was some kinda porn act so banned it?

            Surely we would have been relegated if things was as bad as some would like to make out.

          2. OzzieGunner says:

            Arsenal’s home form saved them and they scored well, just not enough to make up for the abyssmal away defending.

          3. jon fox says:

            PERSONALLY, I DOUBT IT VERY MUCH. LIKE YOU, I SEE NOTHING , EXCEPT PACE IN BELLERIN AND NO INSTINCT WHATEVER TO DEFEND. Emery would have to be the miracle worker among miracle workers to instill a defenders nous in Bellerins head. Nothing personal but I never thought him a good defender even when others were hyping him earlier in his Arsenal career. Just as I also saw the weed and lazy coward in Walcott , after a mere handful of games after he first wore our shirt. Some players clearly have talent and will develop well with age and top coaching , but others are just not of the standard we need. I put Bellerin closer,in standard to Sanogo than he is to AMN. Just my opinion and I do not hate him – this is for certain Nigerian fans who have no idea what the word hate actually means. They, and others, use if for disagreeing. God knows why though!

    2. Midkemma says:

      Haven’t you been watching us?
      Bellerin has more def discipline, heck, even Rambo has shown greater def discipline.
      I have noticed from watching Arsenal that Bellerin has been more aware of his def duties and as such he is making the actions to go with the words he said AFTER he has already shown he is willing to learn.

      You are a hater.

      All you was spouting not long ago was how the next manager should throw Bellerin out the door as that is what you would have done.

      Are you a supporter? Or a moaner?

      1. RSH says:

        you can’t draw conclusions based on preseason. We’ll have to wait and see how he plays when the league actually begins. This is still all just practice right now. Most of the players are not even completing 90 minutes.

        1. Sal says:

          expecting alot from bellerin that RB spot in spain will be difficult to snatch back, so he must improve alot if he ever wants to represent his country again, which he can the kid is a gem anyone who disagrees that bellerin should not be at the club doesn’t know what he’s taking about simple! you don’t need to explain it to them, it’s been explained a dozen times by many different supporters he is still top 10 RB in the world for me that’s top 10 at 23!!

      2. jon fox says:

        Another semi- illiterate who doesn’t even know the actual meaning of the word hate. Bizarrely, you use it when someone disagrees about the merit of a player. You have no idea what hate really is and how harmful it is to us humans. I pray you never need to experience real hate , personally, as THEN you WILL certainly know the difference. As for your saying that BELLERIN HAS LEARNED BETTER, I REMIND YOU THAT AS YET, WE HAVE PLAYED ZERO COMPETETIVE GAMES UNDER EMERY, so would it not be better to wait until we have at least seen BELLERIN PLAYING AGAINST TEAMS THAT MATTER TO US.

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