Emery’s motivational skills will make him a winner at Arsenal

One of the main reasons that Arsenal have gone downhill in the last two seasons is because Arsene Wenger lost his ability to get the players to raise their game, as was clear by the fact that we lost seven away League games in a row, so Unai Emery will have to fill that void and get the squad to want to start winning again.

He has certainly managed to do that at his previous clubs. Even ten years ago, he famously got lowly Almeria into La Liga for the first time, and motivated his team of unknowns to reach 8th place in their very first season in the top flight. If he can get the Arsenal players to respond like that there is no limit to where we could end up.

Likewise at Seville he gave his players so much confidence he led them to an unprecedented three Europa League trophies in a row, and one of his players at that time was Marco Andreolli, who gave us all an insight into his management techniques. “English football is unique and Emery will have to quickly understand this new reality,” the Italian centre-back said. “But he has all the skills necessary to succeed in the Premier League. Tactical awareness, motivational ability, extraordinary staff and a winning mentality. Arsenal have made a good choice.”

“Arsenal have appointed a winner,” he said. “[Emery] is an extraordinary motivator. His speciality is preparing for matches, speaking at great length to his players.

“Emery’s backroom staff was of the highest quality. His coaches are brilliantly prepared, studying for every big game. Unai and his staff are on top of every little detail. They don’t leave anything to chance.”

“One of his great strengths is his relationship with the players,”

“Unai talks with you a lot as an individual and he and his staff can really make a team come together on the pitch.

“I had a bad injury that seriously affected my season at Sevilla but Emery was always available to me and listened to me, and there was one particular moment when we played in the Europa League final [against Liverpool] that made me really emotional.

“He arranged to have a motivational video shown in the dressing room before the game, which looked back over the entire season at Sevilla. Among the clips he had chosen was one of my injury, and one of me working on my recuperation. It was a way of making me feel part of the team, and it showed me that Emery knows how to look after everyone.”

That is certainly a glowing reference from one of his ex-players, and it shows that Emery gets his players to work as a team and gives them belief in themselves and their abilities to be successful, which is something that this Arsenal squad has been lacking for some time. It certainly gives me hope for the coming seasons.

Onwards and Upwards!



  1. can’t wait to see the new boss.
    It will be extraordinary season, not in winning silver but in rebuilding our attack we will be feared once again under Unai

  2. GunnerJack says:

    Sorry Admin this is off topic but a question just entered my tiny mind: Can someone let me know if Elneny get the no.4 shirt and a new contract before or after our new coach arrived? I’m hoping it was before as I think he’s useless, but he’s not been mentioned in all the rantings about other players who fans think should be sold, like Xhaka, Mustafi etc. Hope we get a first rate defensive midfielder so Elneny is at best on the bench. Personally think AMN is twice as good.

    1. GoonerP says:

      Elneny’s contract was long before the end of the season, and the shirt numbers were announced very quickly and have nothing to do with the manager…

      1. GunnerJack says:

        Thank you – that’s good to hear. Glad to see that Unai had no part in it. Must have been at Wenger’s instigation, which I can understand.

    2. jon fox says:

      Could not agree more about Elneny. Some on here seem to actually rate him , merely because he works hard. But I see a really limited, sideways passing, low quality second rate player who is way out of his depth in a top team. Of course, right now and thanks to Wenger, we are NOT a top team. But we are a top CLUB and need far, far better than this makeweight player. HE SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN BOUGHT, even for the lowly fee he cost.

  3. barryglik says:

    To be fair every new manager
    enjoys a honeymoon phase.
    Same with new players.
    But the past means little now.
    Aside from Aubameyang who is class there is room
    for significant improvement in all 23 of the present squad.
    Technically mentally and tactically our squad has lots of unused potential.
    In fact if Unai is good enough he should get top 4 with no new purchases.

    1. gotanidea says:

      The current players might not be suitable for his strategy, like Klopp when he inherited Rodgers’ squad

      He would need to purchase a better DM than both Elneny/ Maitland-Niles and skillful wingers, if he plans to use 4-3-3 and 3-4-3 again, like what he used for PSG:


      1. Ackshay says:

        Emery will likely want a kante or verrati type DM as he needs a mobile DM to implement pressing. Kante is a dm/box to box hybrid while verrati is a deep lying mid/dm combo.
        If Xhaka was fast either on his feet or Especially in his mind he could be a good squad player
        Slow World class Midfielder like kroos, modric compensate by having a fast football brain and thus reacting better or having good positional awareness.

        1. Ozziegunner says:

          ?Ndidi or Nzonzi for DM, Forsberg and/or Seri for the deep lying play maker. Emil Forsberg can also play as a winger.

      2. jon fox says:

        Agreed. I also believe Emery will prove a good appointment . But no creator can work his best with poor tools of the trade. Lots of changes to personnel needed and ASAP.

  4. JW says:

    I am in agreement with those who fell that the current Arsenal squad will need improvement in order to get to top 4 position. I have a good feeling about the new manager and his ability to get the best out of players, but I still think he needs a better squad. He will need to get this team to elevate over Chelsea and Tottn. I don’t think we can catch Liverpool in one season as their roster is much better and they have a good manager. I also hope that some player sales will help generate funds to make some key additions that are necessary. My assessment of the current roster is listed below. Per, Kos, and Santi are gone for next season so they need replacing.
    1 Petr Cech B-
    13 David Ospina C+

    2 Hector Bellerin C
    4 Per Mertesacker
    6 Laurent Koscielny
    16 Rob Holding C-
    18 Nacho Monreal B
    20 Shkodran Mustafi C-
    21 Calum Chambers C-
    27 Konstantinos Mavropanos ?
    31 Sead Kolasinac B-


    4 Mohamed Elneny C
    7 Henrikh Mkhitaryan B-
    8 Aaron Ramsey B-
    10 Jack Wilshere C-
    11 Mesut Ozil B
    19 Santi Cazorla
    30 Ainsley Maitland-Niles C
    34 Granit Xhaka C-


    9 Alexandre Lacazette C+
    14 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang B+
    17 Alex Iwobi C
    23 Danny Welbeck C-


    Lucas Perez – Striker ?
    Damian Martinez – Goalkeeper C+
    Edward Nketiah – Striker C
    Jeff Reine-Adelaide – Midfielder ?

    1. barryglik says:

      The Arsenal squad has
      underperformed 40%
      so there is much room
      for improvement.
      Now with a quality younger more up to date manager
      we hope Unai is I expect a significant all round
      improvement in individual and team play.
      1 Petr Cech B+
      13 David Ospina C+
      2 Hector Bellerin B
      4 Per Mertesacker? Gone.
      6 Laurent Koscielny Probably finished.
      16 Rob Holding B
      18 Nacho Monreal B
      20 Shkodran Mustafi B
      21 Calum Chambers C+
      27 Konstantinos Mavropanos B
      31 Sead Kolasinac B
      4 Mohamed Elneny B
      7 Henrikh Mkhitaryan B
      8 Aaron Ramsey B+
      10 Jack Wilshere B-
      11 Mesut Ozil A-
      19 Santi Cazorla Gone.
      30 Ainsley Maitland-Niles B+ (potential)
      34 Granit Xhaka B
      9 Alexandre Lacazette B+
      14 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang A
      17 Alex Iwobi C+
      23 Danny Welbeck C+
      Lucas Perez – Striker ?
      Damian Martinez – Goalkeeper B
      Edward Nketiah – Striker B (Potential)
      Jeff Reine-Adelaide – Midfielder ?
      Jenkinson C+
      Bielik C+
      Nwakali – B+.(potential)
      Nelson- B+ (potential)

      1. Rkw says:

        Can quibble with some of details …Overly generous to xhaka and elneny in my book.. But the standout, and correctly so, from these grades is just how unbalanced wenger left the squad and in particular the absence of real top quality… No amount of coaching can substitute for that which is why talk of a 50m war chest looks so unambitious and the early signs of bringing in some decent experienced players who are past their sell by date will not move us back to top flight … I think emery was a good choice for us but he needs financial back up

    2. jon fox says:

      I LIKED YOUR ACTUAL COMMENTS BUT THOUGHT MANY OF THE MARKS ARE TOO HIGH. Bellerin, Mustafi and Xhaka would be lucky to get an E – and think themselves lucky if they did.

  5. Sign someone Orsin Venker says:

    Besides having one the deadliest front three in Europe, Liverpool has also upgraded from Henderson and Can into Keita and Fabinho. This is becoming depressing sorry, but not two years ago they were totally crap

  6. Alldwayfromafika says:

    I swear…am looking at their transfer activities and wondering wtf is happening to us. We were clearly above them some years back..now it’s not even close..same way spuds overtook us. Very soon Everton might be doing the same. ..
    I mean how is 60mil(am guessing that’s what Emery has to spend) suppose to make us better with all our highlighted weaknesses.. I can only choose to stay positive but at same time not expecting much to happen

  7. Ackshay says:

    I know that we need to buy quality player(Not expensive or shiny toys but good player for our system) but a part of me is curious as to how much can emery with his eye of small detail and good coaching staff can improve the current squad which clearly under performed.

    Keep the home record 47 pts and get the away form to the average level it was last 4 years (32.5pts) and we are right on top 4 (79pts) pace again. 1 or 2 significant improvements and we break the 80 pts barrier and enter title contending pace.

  8. Sean says:

    When you look at what Liverpool are doing & what City have just did they have both brought in great managers, backed them significantly in the market & Poof there you go you have a team ready to compete. Yes Wengers time was up we all know that but THE OWNER is spending money as thats what is needed. Liverpool i likw the way they have been doing their business, with their own earned money & owner letting the pursestrings loose to spend it. What a front 5 in Mane, Firmino, Salah, Keita & more than likly FEKIR then Fabinho infront of Van Dijk. In 2 seasons they have created this. Well done to them & in that time lost a UCL Final which a year ago nobody wouldve said was possible at Liverpool as they were behind us this time 2seasons ago!

  9. mario says:

    Buy Michel seri and Pellegrini, go for loan of Dembele and get two sharp central defenders, get Leno as no1 you can sale mustafi, and Wilshire please umery don’t sale Ramsey please

  10. jon fox says:

    Nice article , Mr Admin. Interesting insight into how Emery ticks.

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