A lot of eyes are going to be on Arsenal this weekend, if only because they’ll be opening their Premier League campaign against reigning champions Manchester City. With just under a week remaining until kick-off some managers would probably be choosing to rest and keep a low profile, but not Unai Emery. Instead, the Spaniard took some time out of his day this weekend to go and watch the Community Shield which was contested between the aforementioned City and Chelsea.
It isn’t exactly uncommon to see managers watching teams who they’re going to be playing soon, but when it comes to Emery, everything almost feels a little bit different. It’s as if we’re getting the kind of vibe from him that you get from a manager who has been at a club for years upon years, whereas he’s only recently taken on the position of being Arsenal’s gaffer.
In press conferences, he seems calm, but at the same time, it feels like he has an authoritative side that only the players are able to see. Sometimes that works out for the best and sometimes it doesn’t, but one way or another, we’re excited to see how things unfold over the next few weeks.
However, we aren’t stupid – we know that everyone is looking towards Arsenal fans and thinking that they’re being painfully overconfident, but if you don’t believe in your team whilst also managing realistic expectations, then what are you even doing?
Fans need to remember that Emery is someone who has a winning mentality driven into his mind, but we haven’t read or heard much of him prior to his Arsenal tenure, because he isn’t a larger than life character who flaunts himself around. That’s the kind of personality that Wenger had when he initially took the job with Arsenal, and look how well that turned out in the first decade or so.
With this being the week of the Premier League’s return, it’s fair to say that the time for talk is very nearly over. Instead, it’s time for a new breed of Arsenal players to stand up and be counted – which shouldn’t be all too difficult given that they’re being led by Emery. Quiet confidence always tends to breed success, and we’re choosing to believe that’ll be the case once again, even when going up against Manchester City.
What tactics do you think Unai Emery will use against City?