Emery’s first press conference is encouraging for Arsenal fans

Unai Emery begins life at Arsenal. by Konstantin Mitov

As we all know Unai Emery has officially joined Arsenal and after his press conference is done and dusted there are some very interesting notes to take. First of all, the Spaniard tried to do his press conference in English and he’ll have to work on that, but I like it.

These are very challenging times for the club and you have to embrace them. Unai will have to speak regularly to the English media, who are not the most forgiving bunch, so why not try it in English from the start. And before he is slammed, I’d invite you to check out some of Pochettino’s press conferences when he took over at Spurs. Obviously the Spanish speaking players will take a key role in helping our manager settle in, but if Emery is as smart as he is regarded, in a years time we should see vast improvements on that front.

Onto the press conference, both Unai and Gazidis spoke about “chemistry” when it came to the football side of things. “Unai has an energy, has passion and competetive energy. And it is this combination of detail, hard work, passion and love for football, a will to win that made us feel that his was exactly right for Arsenal”.

You cannot deny the energy the guy has on the touchline and that will remark a stark contrast to Wenger. Add that to the way Gazidis, Raul and Sven were almost always mentioned together and you see just how different this set up is from the times where it was all Arsene. The power is now shared and very interestingly Emery will be “head coach”, not manager.

Journalists wasted no time to ask Emery what the targets will be at Arsenal for him and he said this “Developing. But how do you develop? I think that’s about battling for every title. That’s something in Arsenal’s history and in my history as well. And I want that to continue. Our objective is to be among the best teams in Europe, to win titles and to be in the elite of European teams”.

No big surprise here. What else is he supposed to say when you take over one of the most popular teams in the world? The real target is getting back into the champions league, whether that’ll be through the top 4 or the Europa league. It would be a damn miracle to jump from 6th to first with the vast improvements at City and Liverpool and United ready to bomb another 200 million at the title.

Emery was asked about his style of football and he said “The history here is one thing, they love to play with possession of the ball. I like this personality and, when we don’t have the ball, I want a squad to play with intensive pressure”. Can’t really argue there. Our pressing has been shocking to non-existent last season and this one area where I’m 99% certain we’ll see improvements.

Another thing that needs major repairing is man-management and Emery was asked about Ozil particularly and he had this to say: “I want to speak individually with all the players face to face. I don’t want to speak about individual players today”. It’s really interesting what will happen to the likes of Xhaka, Bellerin and Ozil who had the comfort of Arsene always sticking by them. Now everyone has to link up with the new boss and actually fight for their place!

Now add up the deflecting comments from Ivan regarding our budget and you get the idea of why Emery was appointed. We’ll try to mainly improve the squad that we have by completely changing the technical, medical and fitness staff. It’s the opposite of what we did previously where we stuck with Wenger and the yes man, but despite numerous players passing through Arsenal, things didn’t really improve.

This is why I am backing Emery. I hear a lot of people questioning him for all sorts of reasons, which seem a bit picky to me. I also see a lot of people who didn’t want Arteta, now questioning why we are going for Emery. Arsenal fans change opinions quicker than a compass arrow finds the north, so this isn’t a big surprise. Also we’re so used to the manager being the main problem here that even though he’s changed we’re still at a hangover and it will take some time to adjust to a new guy after we’ve been stuck with mostly the same for over two decades.

I am excited. I can’t wait for the season to start and I want to see what we will look like. We don’t have too many players going to the world cup, so I hope senor Emery will use the summer wisely to get most of his ideas to the squad as early as possible. One thing is for certain, interesting times lie ahead.



  1. AndersS says:

    I don’t see a lot of people questioning him.
    Last time I checked, 93% of fans on this site were positive.
    Sure, they media have found a few negative pundits or ex-players, but if you take away the smoke about whether Arteta really was almost a done deal, I see a lot of positives as well.
    Personally, I think he seems to be a great choice, and I am really excited about it.

    1. gotanidea says:

      He could be better than the last decade’s Wenger or he could be worse than Juande Ramos, another ex-Sevilla manager that was successful before moving to Tottenham

      In my opinion, Arsenal need to hire an assistant that could help Emery adapt and be the backup plan in case they keep losing

      1. Enagic says:

        No he needs to bring his own coach staff not hand pick steve bould for him steve bould is old school he needs to go too

        1. KickAssFan_Saviour of Arsenal says:

          yeah, Steve should go. Honestly, he was useless next to Arsene.

  2. ger burke says:

    exciting times ahead for the club and fans . bring on the new season , things will only get better , the doldrums are over , at last .

  3. Sue says:

    Even Piers Morgan is happy, takes a lot for that to happen!
    I watched the press conference earlier, I liked what I heard! I’m excited for the future of this club…. 80 days till the start of the season!!

    1. Andrew E says:

      It won’t be long before he find’s something to moan about. I was also very impressed by him and so were the press by all accounts, can’t wait for the start of the season!!!

  4. iffybright says:

    we gonna press hard come next season….
    I can’t wait to see this…
    no more strolling on the field of play, Ozil in particular will feel the heat more….
    No more pampering by Wenger….
    If he is not ready to work hard for the team, he should be sent parking…..
    Many deadwood in the team…
    This team need a Fernandinho type of defensive midfielder….
    Nzonzi is perfect, Seri is very OK…
    can’t wait to see Elneny and Xhaka out of the team…

  5. Lupe says:

    I was very impressed he chose to speak in english, i like his bravery for doing that. He also made good points about being the protagonist, possesion with the ball and intensive pressing without the ball. Lets all get behind him. I am so excited, the only thing i am not happy about is that we have to wait for 2 months before the season starts.

    1. bran911 says:

      May be in these two months we can have time to shift out some average-used-to-be-favored-Wenger-sons and bring in real players for the benefit of the club and the fans

      1. Enagic says:

        agree with you almost seven to eight players need to go Unai is very familiar with french and spanish players and Sven with germany


    The best thing for me is that he was given a two year contract. This is what all major teams do. No more rewarding a manager for not having good results, if you don’t perform You’re fired.

    As for our new coach, am excited for the new season to begin

  7. iffybright says:

    The most important thing we need to add to this team to make it a proper standard team are Specialized Wingers….
    We don’t have wingers….check other world class teams like Real Madrid, Bayern Munich Liverpool psg man city….
    They all have world class wingers…
    Arsenal needs to strengthen the wing areas of the field more than any other areas, after strengthening there, then comes the central midfield, then the defense….
    The defense will suffer less if the attacking department is very strong….
    Our weak attack is the reason why we struggled outside Emirates….
    Is the reason why we always pass to sideways, then back to defenders….
    We don’t have the Coman, the hazard, the Mane, the ribery, the Sterling, the martial, the Salah to take opposing players on…

    1. Sue says:

      I wouldn’t want a Sterling

      1. jon fox says:

        I reckon few others think like you. I would take Sterling in a heartbeat, Sue.

    2. gotanidea says:

      Have you seen the FA Cup final? Martial and Sanchez sucked in that match. Other winger names you mentioned are fine examples though

      We need a right winger that is able to cut inside and gets past the defenders like Salah, Messi and Bale. There are currently several good left-footed and young winger in the market:

      – Leon Bailey: Very quick young winger that is very sought-after

      – Malcom: Rising young Brazilian star from Ligue 1

      – Adnan Janujaz: Ex-Man United’s flop, but he seems to have found his forms again with Real Sociedad

      – Julian Draxler: Could be Van Persie 2.0, not too agile but has good ball control and very tall like Aubameyang

      1. Enagic says:

        I did explained that before, we dont need traditional/one dimentional wingers we need attacking/offensive play makers thats the term in modern football ie Rosicky, Hleb

        1. AlexLaca9 says:

          Our team is full of playmakers, that’s the problem. We have no width they’re all looking to cut inside and pass the ball around the box waiting for an opening. No one wants to take on defenders and whip in a cross or even dribble their way into the box

        2. Lugdush says:

          U mean like mhkitaryan. Ok, bit also we need one more direct and fast wingerr

  8. we have a good players but we need two to three addition. The most important position to improve is the wide speedy players after walcott and chamberlain left we have only danny welbeck. Di maria will be perfect i hope we go for him. A strong DM and if we can a good CB. Believe that Emery will make a hell of a team.

    1. Enagic says:

      Probably 7 to half of the team need to get rid of wenger dead wood wenger with all respect was running Arsenal like a warfare to some of his players, any player who doesnt like Unai way needs to be shown the door and i am pretty sure Unai will have arsenal management backing unlike wenger who used to shield everything for himself for the excuse of interference

  9. Godswill says:

    So happy that I lack words.
    I have never been this happy over Arsenal in the past couple of years.
    Please when is next season commencing? I can’t wait for it to start.
    If you are not happy and you are claiming to be Arsenal fan, try hugging a transformer.

      1. muha Anko Anko says:

        haha sue the question was supposed to be rhetorical??
        but I guess it’s excitement mode

  10. Kane says:

    Hopefully he can bring in NZONZI to finally solve our DM problem.

  11. jon fox says:

    We would not have had to put up with Weed Walcott hiding all these years had Emery or anyone similar managed us, instead of “blame anyone but the players or myself Wenger.” And still a stubborn few have no idea why the rest of us were deperate to lose this soft manager!

    1. Enagic says:

      Wenger was out of ideas in terms of recruitment he wanted to do everything, he was keeping players who were not good enough Rosicky, Diaby, Mert just to name few he costed arsenal big time and will take miracle to build it

  12. gotanidea says:

    Spanish hotshot manager like him needs a good assistant manager to blend in with English football

    If you guys still remember about Juande Ramos, he won the Europa League with Sevilla before moving to Tottenham and he could not cope with the Premier League

    I feel Arsenal need to keep pursuing Arteta to help Emery adapt. If Emery fails like Juande Ramos, Arteta could be the plan B

    1. Break-on-through says:

      Emery has a no2, he’s supposed to be a bit of a handful. He’s the one who shouts orders onto the field but some PSG players weren’t happy about it. They say he’s a disciplinarian and confrontational. The player unrest that came about under Emery is allot to do with his no2. So I’ve read.

      1. Ackshay says:

        Good very good, cant wait to see the insults ozil gets from no2 when he is lazily strolling back when we are under attack or the mouthful undisciplined but good players like Ramsey or mustafi get when switching off during matches.

        1. jon fox says:

          Excuse me? But you just described Mustafi as “good”. Are you well?

  13. qone says:

    welcome Unai. time will tell, but one thing is for sure that he will not stay sitted in matches. his energy will wake up our players. i am not waiting for miracles because he inherited a lot of loosers, but with his attitude, i personally hope to see more improvement. – ġooner = for ever

  14. Trudeau says:

    I’m more interested to see what Emery can do with the players we have than who he might bring in. That’s not to say I don’t think we need some new signings but I think that some of our perennial underachievers might start to show green shoots under a new approach. If Emery is as fond of video as the reports suggest, Mustafi had better get a super supply of popcorn ready this summer.

    1. jon fox says:

      I speak for many on here when I say that I do not want Mustafi to eat popcorn. I just want him gone from our club and as soon as humanly possible.

    2. Ozziegunner says:

      I agree?

  15. Ken1945 says:

    What I found so welcoming, something that the author obviously found so difficult to refer to, was his complete admiration for the legacy he inherits from our previous manager.
    He acknowledges the world class players he is inheriting and the legacy of 3 doubles 7 fa cups and 20 years of CL football.
    Well done Emery for recognising the achievements of our greatest ever manager and I now wish you all the success in the world as you come to the greatest club in the world.
    You have shown by your intelligence regarding our history that you should be welcomed with open arms.
    OT I am on holiday in Canada at the moment and went out wearing my Merci Arsene T shirt and what a reception I received!! At least 20 people stopped and commented on the club etc much to my wife’s annoyance!! The only negative was meeting a Chelsea fan wearing his colours and bragging about the cup win. I just mentioned last year and he became s little quieter, then bought us both a drink!!
    The joy of being a Goober is unlimited!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Sue says:

      Up the gunners Ken! Have a great time ?

  16. goonervishrut says:

    OT: What happens with Steve Bould?

  17. jon fox says:

    Konstantin, Who exactly are these ” lot of people you hear questioning him for all sorts of reasons”? I see virtually nothing but overwhelming support on here and a heartening lack of negative comments. So please explain where you have heard these invisible , inaudible people, if they exist!

    1. Ken1945 says:

      Agree with your observations, but must make a confession.
      I inadvertently pressed the wrong button in the poll, so I hold my hands up for screwing the % figures. It means another no vote that wasn’t meant to be!!!
      Blame it on my holiday mode.

      1. jon fox says:

        Ken It is an horrific crime you confess to. But with a supreme effort, I believe I can , eventually , learn to forgive it! How are you enjoying Canada and what is the temperature there right now? I have a confession too. I propose to start attending Emirates again next seasson after a gap of more than 18 months. Oh, the summer will go by exceedingly slowly for us Gooners!

        1. Ken1945 says:


          1. Ken1945 says:

            Great little country.
            Temp. here is in mid 20s and sunny.
            Have too meet up and see if we can converse over a cuppa!
            Thanks, got another three T shirts to annoy my wife with!
            Travelling from West to Toronto by train, so will ensure the arsenal message is seen across the country and spread the message of our wonderful club and its values.
            Wife cannot believe I’m still on the website, women are such funny creatures except those who are Gooners!!!!!

    2. Counsel says:

      It will be surprising not to be reading negative articles from @kinstantin now that you support the new manager stick with that,The others the @ john fox of this world it will be wonderful to read positive posts from you going forward a new manager is all you wanted.I will support the new manager that is all is expected of us fans.

  18. waal2waal says:

    …it had gotten to the point where our rivals would goad us by chants of ‘..wenger in’ – all said an done we need a clean slate and i for one welcome the appointment of our new coach. For sure nobody can preempt what he will resort to regards tactics – all i know is he has a confidence i like and that’s reassuring enough for me – i like to think we’re about to return to better days and by it
    i mean we’ll assert ourselves in the league and the major competitions – i guess i got my happy on again.

    1. Counsel says:

      He had all the money at PSG, the most talented squad in Europe,they bullied Barcelona in the transfer market but failed in cl.Imagine Wenger with mbampe,Neymar enough said.He has fresh ideas though and very confident we will see,we must support him for the best interest of the club.#viva Emery;

      1. waal2waal says:

        #viva Emery – guess you’ve got your happy on too – seems this newly found optimism is most infectious…

      2. Enagic says:

        At PSg, dressing room was the boss, and chairman was the boss and he was in trouble

        1. waal2waal says:

          perhaps …out of the mayhem (you’ve outlined) he’s had time to reflect, regain poise, regain vision, passion and much greater tact – i suggest by him getting away from PSG he better understands (now) where he may have gotten some things wrong – but more importantly he ought to know better how to put things right. #give Emery a chance

          1. Ozziegunner says:


          2. Ozziegunner says:

            Very impressive interview. Firstly Ivan Gazidis gave a detailed explanation of the process and due diligence shown by the interview panel Sven, Raul and himself in assessing the 10 candidates. Also he put the media in its place about the supposed knowledge of the selection. He also clarified that the funds available to the new head coach is that available from the balance sheet, but Arsenal doesn’t discuss finances. So much for £50 million!
            Unai Emery was very humble and tactful in his responses to all questions, praising Arsene Wenger, expressing his passion and pride in taking on the position of head coach, his vision for Arsenal FC and explaining that he would be talking to all players about his approach and wouldn’t be discussing players (eg Wilshere, Ozil comments) in the media. Similarly he wouldn’t discuss transfers in and out; like all good managers, whatever the industry, Unai is going to assess the current situation/resources before making any decisions.
            As far as Unai Emery’s communication skills, I wish I could speak Spanish as well as he speaks English.

          3. Ken1945 says:

            Ozzie gunner,
            He came over as a gentleman who knows his football inside out.
            There cannot be any reason in the world not to be excited about the new manager and the coming season.
            He just seemed the natural successor in every way.

        2. jon fox says:

          Yes, a shame he was not the boss himself eh? If he had been he would have won the title by more than just the 13 points gap he achieved, along with the treble. Deep trouble when you only win the title by a mere 13 points! I hope Arsenal will do far better THAN THIS TINY GAP AT THE VERY TOP!

          1. waal2waal says:

            well said @jon fox

  19. Big Charley says:

    He said we are now going to be a protagonist, I love that very much. And credit to him for choosing to speak English no matter how limited, he made an effort, it shows he will not give up on winning no matter how difficult or unpleasant! I well come him with great pleasure.

  20. muha Anko Anko says:

    my heart tells me we will be the surprise package next season, the Conte/Leicester way,
    but my mind tells me we will finish above spurs and Chelsea and finish fourth, Chelsea to win the europa league and spurs will watch champions league on television 2019/20 and Mourinho will be sacked by Feb 2019???
    I swear I haven’t met the tortoise yet

  21. OxInTheBox says:

    he said we can have good results with our current squad.
    interpretation- 2-3 new signings. 4 max if we get them cheap.
    with City, United, Liverpool already miles ahead of us and spending big, we will struggle for a top 4 spot.
    tactically inept Wenger was a huge part of the problem, but only part of it…

    1. jon fox says:

      Yes, I suppose 95% is only a PART!

      1. Ken1945 says:

        Unless of course you believe the new manager’s views on his predecessor.
        If we all agree this man is the business, then we must respect what he says surely.
        I’ll let you all go and read his actual words and reflect on his thoughts.
        After all, it’s only the same as most professionals (fellow managers, players, media etc)but he is our new manager and he appreciates what he has inherited.

  22. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    Busy day at work so just got to catch up with the video of the press conference now.

    Is his English really that bad? I also watched the England video and tbh I understood Emery better than I did Kane.

  23. John0711 says:

    Lets all get behind him and give him a chance, I am guessing players will be signed by the team and he will coach the team and decide tactics and team selection im sure with a kick up the rear some will play better, if we challenge I will be happy

  24. nonny says:

    Am the most happiest man on earth at least my little bro got to see a new manager at arsenal once in his life Time

  25. Yossarian says:

    I’m feeling very positive about the new head coach and the whole new set-up so far. It’s so nice that we can all enjoy the world cup then really look forward to next season. I’m a happy goner 🙂

    1. jon fox says:

      Wouldn’t you rather be a happy Gooner than a goner!

  26. waal2waal says:

    OT: if what we heard last season regarding kos crying following a loss has any truth to it – then he ought to be relinquished of the captaincy (imo). Ultimately Emery will need to look at who is best equipped to lead the gunners into the new era… (just thinking aloud)

    1. GunnerJack says:

      You want a captain who is happy following a loss!!!??? Unbelievable!
      Don’t think we’ll be seeing much of Koscielny after his latest setback so to my mind the only player who is fit for the job of captain at the present moment has got to be Nacho. He’s knocking on a bit so maybe a new signing can come in now, get used to the club and the team, start asserting his authority, and then take over the captaincy when Nacho retires. Don’t really rate anyone else as captain material.

  27. Tatek Girma says:

    Unai Emery, Welcome to Arsenal. I hope you will take us one step forward and Make Arsenal Great again gradually.

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