Arsenal under Unai Emery are set to play a high pressing game, and we got some evidence of that in the game against Atletico Madrid yesterday.
The new boss could be heard shouting instructions to his players from the sidelines, and it was clear they were under instruction to win the ball back quickly as much as possible.
This new tactical approach, something touched on by Aaron Ramsey earlier in the week, is distinct from that of Arsene Wenger and two of the current players have reinforced that.
Alexandre Lacazette is hopeful it’ll see the Gunners become a more potent attacking force, as he spoke about what the instructions from the Spaniard are.
“High pressure and positioning,” he said. “We want to keep the ball.
“This can be good because we can have the ball higher and we can have more chances than last season.”
While defender Shkodran Mustafi said, “Unai has given us a few different ideas tactically. He is a fan of a different kind of football from Arsene. It’s difficult to compare because they have their own thinking about how they like to play football and, to be honest, I am happy with both.
“From what I have seen in the last few days, Unai’s a manager that you can be successful with.
“I don’t know how long it’s going to take for other people to get used to the head coach, but for us players, it’s already done.
From the first day, he told us what his philosophy is, what he wants to play, and I think for us players it is important to get that as quickly as possible.”
“I think we’ve adapted really quickly and I like the philosophy that the coach is bringing in.”