Juice. Fruit juice. How do you like yours?
Unai Emery says he likes his fresh…fresh and juicy. So fresh and juicy, he’ll only accept it from the fruit itself, just like his big papa made. Given he spent so long in Seville, perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised.
As a result of this very specific preference, our new head coach has, as reported earlier this week, banned anything that doesn’t meet his standards. It’s a bit like that time that Arsene banned Mars bars, but with less singing at the back of the team bus by Ian Wright.
“Yes, this is true,” replied Emery when asked if rumours of a juice ban were true.
“I only changed, I like fruit a lot and I like fruit juice. But with a lot of sugar? Not very well.
“It’s for that and when I was very young, my father was coming every day with one fresh orange fruit juice. I like in my life, more of that.
“It’s for that, when I arrived here, I asked only for that from the cook. And the players, I think, are the same. They prefer their orange juice fresh.”
We’re speculating here, but we reckon that means Unai has banned all low-cost supermarket own-brand juices, Um Bongo and those fancy juices with cutesy marketing pitches that probably have more sugar per 100ml than sugar itself.
If that doesn’t get Jamie Oliver at the Emirates, nothing will.