Unai Emery is the new Arsenal manager, and that still seems a little bit odd to say. We probably should’ve all viewed him as a person of interest from the moment Arsene Wenger announced that he’d be leaving the club, and yet, it still feels a little bit surreal. The former PSG boss is considered to be a great appointment by many, and as reported by Arsenal.com, he seems to have made quite the impression during his first ever press conference at the Emirates.
Emery spoke candidly about how he wants this Arsenal team to function under his guidance, and through his leadership, he wants to harness the quality that they possess in order to turn the Gunners into title contenders once again. That makes sense, and while you could argue that the French league doesn’t compare to the Premier League in terms of difficulty, nobody can deny that Emery did a great job of beating what was put in front of him.
Now as you can probably tell from the title, we were fans of one line in particular which made us realise that the 46-year-old truly is the man for the job. It isn’t flashy and it isn’t an ‘in your face’ kind of quote, but it still resonates with us.
“I want people here who are demanding”.
That sounds so simple, and it won’t mean much to a lot of people, but personally, it fills us with hope. In the last few years of Wenger’s tenure, it felt like he wasn’t pushing his team to the point where they were putting everything they had out on the pitch. With Emery, it’s starting to sound like he’s putting an operation together which involves complete commitment from his side.
In many ways, they need to be more ruthless – and that could mean bullying other sides both behind the scenes and during games. They need to ‘let everyone know that they’re there’ by putting their foot down with transfers, showing more physicality and passion on the ball, and generally being more ‘in your face’ about the way they do things.
We’re probably reading too much into one sentence, but come on, that’s the fun of the summer break. We can’t be sure that Emery is going to be the man to turn things around, but he’s certainly off to a good start.
How do you feel about Unai Emery’s appointment?