Unai Emery says his English is improving ‘little by little’ and that he’s feeling more comfortable communicating with his players and the media.
Even though he’d not spoken English since his school days, the Spaniard made a point of answering questions at his Arsenal inauguration in the native tongue of the assembled media and has been working hard ever since to become fluent.
The improvement inside three months is clear for all to hear and read and Emery hopes it’s paying dividends on the training ground with his players too.
“I think I am improving, but I don’t know if it is quick enough,” he told Arsenal Player.
“I feel better in my expression, my accent also and for explaining my ideas to the players.
“I think I can do it and also my explaining with you, the supporters, the media, I think, little by little I am doing better and learning more words that are useful for my explaining.””
When he’s not coaching or travelling to matches, Emery also revealed he’s still undertaking lessons with a tutor.
“My practice is every day with the players here, the personnel and also when I finish here I can continue at home watching English series, also matches with English language.
“It’s for that that every day is a better lesson, also with my teacher.
“I am happy, it’s very important my explanation, above all with the players so they can understand me quickly and in every moment.
He added: “Football, the language first is on the pitch with the ball, with the players and then it’s the communication. English words used for that are very important, this communication is getting better step-by-step.”