Arsenal’s new head coach, Unai Emery, says he wants to instill a sense of confidence in his players when his work and the new season begins.
The Spaniard spoke to the media yesterday, insisting he’ll respect the traditions of the club, but also clear that he doesn’t want his team to be afraid of any opposition sides they’ll face along the way.
The 46 year old gave an impressive performance at his introductory press conference yesterday, and outlined his desire to make the Gunners more competitive.
Asked if he thought closing the gap on Man City was a key part of his remit, he replied, “That is our objective. Arsenal is a club with fantastic personality and identity and I believe, and the club has shown me that they believe.
“It is about showing that personality and showing the stature of this football club. What we want to do is not fear any team neither here in the Premier League or in Europe and our objective is to be among the best and to beat the best.”
Arsenal have good players who haven’t quite performed as consistently as required, and Emery’s job will be to get more out of them. How?
“I think it is about having belief in the players,” he said. “We will have time to speak about where we need to improve, we have already touched on that a little bit, we do need to go into more detail but we have got that strong nucleus if you like.
“I’m the type of coach who has always worked really hard, not because I do it better than anyone else but because that is what I believe the most important thing is.
“I’m very demanding of myself, I’m passionate and I really want to transmit that to the people around me – that we can, and must, improve in the future.
“That is the kind of thing I want to transmit, that desire to be better and I think that will lead us to improve in the Premier League and in Europe.”
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