Neymar believes Unai Emery will bring success to Arsenal having experienced life under the Spaniard at PSG last season.
The Brazil striker, who moved to the Parc des Princes for a world-record fee in August 2017, was a key component of Emery’s expensively-assembled squad as they coasted to a domestic treble.
While silverware on three fronts wasn’t enough to persuade PSG’s owners to retain Emery, Neymar was impressed by his coach’s work ethic.
Speaking ahead of Brazil’s friendly against Uruguay, being played at Emirates Stadium on Friday night, Neymar touched on Arsenal and their new coach.
“We know about their quality and I was really happy to work with him because he’s a really hard working guy,” he told a pre-game press conference.
“He really wanted to coach us and really wanted to study about football.
“I think he will bring good things for Arsenal, which is a really huge and important club here in England. I wish him luck.”
While managing a player of Neymar’s standing proved to be quite a challenge for Emery, on his departure he was glowing in his reference of the Brazilian.
As an example, here’s a snippet from a post-PSG departure interview (translated by Get France Football News)he did with journalist and author Marti Perarnau:
“As a coach, I had the habit of showing players what steps to follow, similar to controlling someone with a joystick. Except that when you come to PSG, you realise that the players are the ones who make the most effective decisions. One day, I told Neymar that, ‘There are match situations we have worked before the game, but in your case, you imagine those situations by yourself.'”