Vinai Venkatesham has hailed Unai Emery’s ‘extraordinary’ work ethic revealing the Spaniard starts his video analysis of Arsenal’s Europa League away games as soon as he gets on the plane home.
Like Arsene Wenger, who was well known for staying late at London Colney, the new coach hasn’t shied away from toiling late into the night as he looks to implement the changes he thinks are necessary to get the Gunners back in the top four.
Echoing the words of Steve Bould, who also touched on the new coach’s impeccable dedication to the cause, Venkatesham told the Mirror, “His energy is absolutely extraordinary.
“He said I think in his first press conference – which by the way I thought he very bravely did in English, which shows you the type of man he is – he said the one thing I am going to promise the fans is that I am going to work hard.
“Obviously everyone thought that was just a throwaway comment but he is always on it. It is extraordinary. His work ethic is absolutely extraordinary.
“When you are on that long flight home from eastern Europe after a Europa League game and everyone is trying to get a little bit of sleep, he is watching the game, analysing it. All times, all hours.”
Head of football, Raul Sanllehi, also revealed that prior to appointing Emery he took the time to get a character reference from numerous sources.
“The feedback I got from people who had worked with Unai was incredible – always positive. I did not find one element of criticism. I am talking about players, chairmen, technical directors.
“I talked with a lot of people who had interacted with him in his time and it was very reassuring.”