Arsenal news: Unai Emery reveals the 18-word message he said to Gunners last summer | Football | Sport


Emery was appointed Arsenal boss in the summer after Arsene Wenger left the club.

Emery led the Gunners on an unbeaten 22-match streak earlier this season and the Emirates outfit are in the top four ahead of the weekend’s action.

They are also in the knockout stages of the Europa League but were dumped out of the FA Cup last week.

Emery has made a positive impression in his first six months at the Emirates.

And now he has revealed what he said to his squad upon meeting him.

When asked by Soccer AM the first thing he told his Arsenal team, Emery said: “We need and we want and we have a new opportunity to write a new history, starting today.”

Emery wasn’t overly busy during the January transfer window, making just one signing.

That was Denis Suarez, who arrived on loan from Barcelona on the final day of the window.

The midfielder will stay at the Emirates until the end of the season, with the Gunners then having an option to buy.

Suarez previously worked under Emery at Sevilla, helping the club win the Europa League.

And the new arrival revealed what makes Emery a special coach.

“I think the main thing is that he dedicates a great deal of time to his work,” he said.

“He spends many hours and days watching videos of other teams and his own side.

“His training sessions are really demanding and he ensures that the team is completely prepared.

“But as I say, the biggest thing is the time he dedicates to his work.

“As we’d say in Spanish, he’s ‘un enfermo del futbol’ – football mad.”

Arsenal’s next game sees them visit reigning Premier League champions Manchester City tomorrow (4.30pm).

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