Emery: I’m continuing Arsene’s work

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Tomorrow will mark a year since Arsenal announced that Arsene Wenger would be leaving the club.

In a message marking his departure after 22 years, the Frenchman urged, “To all the Arsenal lovers take care of the values of the club.”

Unai Emery, who last night saw his side beat Napoli 1-0 to cap his 50th game in charge of the Gunners, maintains that he’s doing exactly that while injecting his own ‘energy’.

Asked whether he’s on track to achieve his aim for the season – qualifying for the Champions League – the Spaniard was quick to stress that he and his players are on a journey, one that his predecessor put in motion.

“Our achievements come with progress,” he said after the win in Italy. “This is a process with the players, the new coaches and new staff.

“I was respecting a lot before Arsene was done because he worked here for a long time, improving a lot and helping this club to become bigger.

“I’m here now to continue this process. It’s something different, with my personality, my ideas and stye, but above all I’ve kept a lot of positives that he worked here.

“After a new spirit and a new energy, I can give this club. But above all it’s a big responsibility with big ambition, because we want to play Champions league again, and we want to be closer to the possibility of taking a title.

“Also, with each match we can show our supporters our quality, work, spirit and energy, playing with intensity, aggressiveness and scoring a lot.

“Each match can give us a different situation we can enjoy with our supporters, playing and watching intense matches with a good result, but above all doing it in a good way.”

Emery also touched on why he’s happy with the way his first season is going, drawing attention to the respect he’s earned and the fact there’s a trophy still up for grabs.

“I want to win all the matches I play,” he said. “I want to be here with the possibility to win something important with Arsenal.

“I am happy but above all I am happy because there is a lot of respect from everybody to me and also I think we are in our process and improving, finishing the end of the season with two very clear objectives and it is in our hands to do something important.

“After really, my vision is only the moment, my expectation is the next match and looking to win it and enjoy it with our supporters at the Emirates.”

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Cliff Bastin
Cliff Bastin

He’s only on a 2 year deal. Extension of we win UEL?

Timsh
Timsh

There is no rush to extend his deal this season. Especially since it would mean an increased salary.
What’s the rush? He’s happy and doing good work and also already has an option for another year in his current contract..apparently

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

Absolutely.

Hantal
Hantal

Long term contracts don’t really suit the needs of the business, things change so quickly that huge payoffs hurt.
Obviously you hope it doesn’t come to that

Emery's Uncle Nigel
Emery's Uncle Nigel

Yes, he’s got a two year contract, with a further year’s extension if agreed by both parties. Arsenal were very sensible here as it’s basically a “see how it goes” arrangement. We wanted to avoid Utd’s experience, post-Ferguson. This has cost them a small fortune in managerial compensation on several occasions since Sir Alex waved goodbye. Emery will be in a strong position to get an extension if we get a top 4 place, which is the top priority for the club. The fancy icing and pretty candles on the cake would be to win the Europa League, or even get to the final. If he’s successful in these terms this season, Arsenal will probably want to get him re-signed in the Summer in case a big offer comes in from another club.

Goonereality
Goonereality

He’s got a two year contract with another year’s extension by mutual agreement. This is good business by Arsenal. They wanted to avoid a longer term initially because of Utd’s experiences with their managerial merry go round that has cost them a small fortune in compensation payments on several occasions. A top four finish is the club’s priority and should Emery achieve it I wouldn’t be surprised if Arsenal offered him an extension, finances allowing, in the Summer just in case he gets an offer from another club. That said, in the real world a contract wouldn’t prevent him leaving if he really wanted to. Winning the Europa League or getting to the final certainly wouldn’t do his case any harm either.

teesho27
teesho27

I am loving this man so far.

rellends
rellends

Good evening. He’s doing a great job. Best record of any Arsenal manager after 50 games.

Lobster
Lobster

*Good ebening, spellchecked your spellcheck for ya.

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

I don’t think we could have hoped for more? Well done Unai!

Santori
Santori

Gazidis picked the right chap.

I expect Arsene has a hidden hand in this as well.

Cycs
Cycs

Don’t think so, they’d have definitely given him some credit for it…!

Chris O
Chris O

Unai’s not mentioned Arsene much, which is probably to be expected, but I like that he sees himself as the current custodian of the club, trying to continue to move it forward. He’s seeing himself here longer term and wants to make his mark.

Santori
Santori

He’s done things right.

There’s no need to take reference from Arsene.

He needs to assess the squad independently without prejudice.

There is time for the two men to talk in the summer and reflect on the first season.

Plus critically (unlike the wholly inexperienced Arteta), he has not attempted to reinvent the wheel.

He’s kept the team style attack minded flowing football Arsene has idealized.

But he’s worked on deficiencies within the squad. And this is individually as well not just systemic.

You see improvements in Granit for example who has been by far the more influential midfielder even if some wish to wank over Torreira a bit too much beyond any semblance of reality.

Also Mustafi has improved and is far away from the simplistic caricature/scapegoat certain people like to (unfortunately at detriment to better
uhm…critical analysis) paint him with. This even if he still has faults of course.

Had someone come in and wanted to throw everything out (we don’t have the resource of City nor has Mslintat/Raul done us any favour loading on the wage bill and propelling us into panic loan era), we would have taken far longer to get back on track.

I felt watching what Emery did first couple of months we weren’t going to wait the farcical 3 years some fans and pundits (spouting out of their arse) said they were prepared to give the new gaffer.

I said it then he would want to be in top 4 minimum first season if not higher.

And I think he is on track.

BUT he’s laid down a good foundation to build for the summer regardless.

He will need to have far better acumen in market this summer than the lazy approach adopted by Mslintat. Which is why the German is out. In that he gave the incumbent half a season to see if he would work things out which is testament to the political savvy of the new manager.

Whether we can find a good director of footy to pair up is of course critical but there are good names out there far better than Mslintat. Campos for one formerly of Monaco now doing wonders at Lille. Hablo Espanol?

Right now we need to finish this season strong.

Top 3 ahead of Spurts would be a decent enough finish. A Europa is a feather in the cap.

AP86
AP86

Nailed it

Cycs
Cycs

You’re spot on Chris!

yea mon
yea mon

working with what he’s got i think he’s doing a decent job, now only if the ownership would inject some funds to grab some keys players for next season we might have a decent title shot

Goonereality
Goonereality

Yes, but it’s very unlikely that the owners will do that – why break the habit of a lifetime now? Emery can increase the funds available in the Summer (around £40 million or so according to reports) if he gets CL qualification and/or by selling players. There’s no guarantee, however, that he’ll be allowed to use all of the money raised this way though. I’ve a feeling that a fair chunk will be used to re-build the club’s cash reserve which has been depleted in recent years.

Gordy
Gordy

Apparently those other North London people have 150 million to spend. How come after they’ve spent a billion on their new ground.

meabadboy
meabadboy

+ The Ramsey transer fee he will have that to spend also i assume, so potentially a 100m spending pot for the sunmer!

Merlin’s Panini
Merlin’s Panini

The what now?

Dispossessed by Torreira
Dispossessed by Torreira

Should we tell him?

CJay
CJay

nah… ignorance is bliss

NewSeason
NewSeason

Aah this time a year before. I have a fantastic story to share with you all. Please bear with it.

Exactly this time last year, I was in the final months of college, looking for work in India. I had been to numerous interviews, job fairs, placement agencies etc but would be unsuccessful in the final round.

2 days before this announcement from Arsene, I heard back from one of the largest companies in India for an interview. I thought this was it, but was heartbroken to find that it would have to be at the office halfway across the country. I took a flight the very next day, arriving somewhere around midnight, took a nap at a friend’s place and went straight for the interview in the morning.

There I found that approximately 70-80 other applicants had been shortlisted and it would be a tussle of aptitude tests, case study rounds and THEN, final interviews. I trudged through the day and clicked through the rounds one-by-one as the applicants whittled down to 10 for the interviews.

2 minutes before I was to go in for the interview, I glanced at my phone and the FB headline read: “Big news from Arsene Wenger…”. Curious, I clicked the link and my heart literally stopped for a second. The man had been the manager of this club before I had even been born and this was a huge undertaking. I debated for a moment on if I should take a moment and step out for a smoke, but just then my name was called.

Understandably, I went into the room with trying to hide a shocked look and a racing heart. The interviewer immediately asked ‘Are you nervous?’ “Yes, but for a different reason”, I replied. Last question of the entire interview was: “Why? What happened?”

The following 45 minutes were the most enthralling of conversation that followed as two passionate Arsenal fans conversed on a topic that had clearly shocked and yet energised them. The interviewer hadn’t heard the news but after confirming that I wasn’t pulling a hoax, we began discussing the history of the club, the pros/cons of Arsene Wenger, our favourite moments, players, and the toughest parts of the last 22 years. It was surreal to discuss and by the end, both of us had calmed from the initial shock.

Long story short, I was one of only 3 people that got the offer. It remains one of the saddest and yet, successful days of my life. A weird dichotomy, but just thought I would share with you all. Thanks for bearing through it.

Ben
Ben

Well done for getting the job! 👍

This is nowhere near as excellent as your story… But it makes me smile.

I went to Dubai a few years ago, and wore an arsenal shirt on the plane.

Passport control in Dubai can be fairly challenging at times. Several attempts to get retinal scans, superior looks from the officials, and taking as long as possible to check people through…
But on this occasion, the chap looked up and his eyes started to sparkle.

“Arsenal my friend!! My favourite team!!”, and we had an excellent chat about Theo Walcott. I don’t think he even looked at my passport… Straight through! 😂

My sister didn’t agree though. She picked me up on the other side of passport control with a look of absolute horror…. 😂

Santori
Santori

He really has.

GAZIDIS really left us with the best possible successor to Arsene.

Where Arsene is the mad genius who (bc of his market acumen) builds fantastic machines at low prices but skims on certain parts (he is his own worse enemy) and doesn’t know exactly why the engine isn’t running right (refuses to tinker with his masterpiece), Emery is the master technician who comes into resolve every minor detail and get the engine purring to full effect. Of course how he can sustain the performance is now the issue.

BUT Unai’s more interventionist approach away from Arsene’s laisez faire non interventionist self imposed ethos has not been at sacrifice to the overall attacking character of what Wenger has architectured for Arsenal over the decades.

We still have these amazing team combination plays and whilst in dribs and drabs, there are hints of the swashbuckling play reminiscent of vintage Arsene early tenure returning.

everything happens in its own time for a reason.

Had Wenger stepped down earlier, we may not have had the opportunity to bring on Unai.

Klopp and Pep may be just as if not ‘more’ impressive but may not have fully suited us and critically may have wanted to reinvent the wheel (Arteta would)

Given the way we have used our resources (and our self sustaining model), it would not have been possible to turn things around as quickly if those men were in charge.

A third place finish above Spurts remains the target IMO in league and one that is somewhat out of our hands bc of our own doing (at Everton) but still with distinct chance (with City due to hopefully exact revenge on the great pretenders)

The league remains the strongest environment we have control in to return to top 4 pot once so headily derided by swaths of Arsenal fans and pundits.

BUT we are also strong in Unai’s competition the europa, (European competition) where Arsene (and Arsenal) have never fared well.

Valencia should not be taken for granted but we have a real opportunity now to the finals and a chance at elusive silverware on continent, (even if not the top tier) something to build on.

Its been a really good appointment IMO Unai. I was prepared to make do with lesser lights but he has really been an inspired choice by Gazidis. You have to wonder how much of a say Arsene had in it as well.

I would be much surprised if he didn’t.

EZD
EZD

Why do you think Arteta would have “reinvented the wheel”?

None of us really know what he’d be like as a manager, but he made some pretty Wenger-ish comments once about what his managerial style would be – saying he’d focus on flowing attacking football and would focus more on playing to his team’s strengths than tinkering for each opponent.

I think appointing a coach with actual managerial experience to follow Wenger was the more sensible, less risky option. But let’s not write of Mikel as unsuitable for us, just because Emery is doing well at the moment. I quite like the idea of seeing his lego hair in the dugout one day.

EZD
EZD

Also, Arsene said he had no role in picking his successor (and Gazidis confirmed that).

Unlike Ferguson, Arsene was pushed out of the club. He wouldn’t be given a role in picking his own successor in those circumstances.

J65
J65

“I’m here now to continue this process. It’s something different, with my personality, my ideas and stye”

The evil eye?

Rich
Rich

He was taking a lot of unfair stick after the unbeaten run finished, we had a lot of injuries at the time, and Koscielny was working his way back after injury, so I don’t think the dip in form was that surprising.

I think our squad has a lot of average about it, if Emery gets us back in the top 4? Then he’s punched above his weight.

I really hope he’s given time and patience to work, because without a monster budget? I think it’s certain he’s going to need a few seasons to get us going.

Danny
Danny

Unfair stick is par for the course at the Arsenal.

Teryima Adi
Teryima Adi

Emery is an excellent coach. He is passionate about his job, that much is obvious.

Joshjones4163@gmail.com

Just went from 6 to midnight. This guy gets me excited. So keen to see how he plans on replacing Ramsey next season. Players like him dont really come around that often. Hes like our steven gerrard or Frank Lampard.

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

He’s done a very good job so far: we’re punching above our weight in the PL and we’ve got a great chance of winning the EL.

The problem is that we need some serious investment this summer if we are to push on and challenge City and Liverpool. I doubt that our wonderful owner will cough up the cash.

Maybe Emery won’t want to stay.

Danny
Danny

Why are we punching above our weight? Because the media say so? Man for man we’re at the same level as spurs, United and Chelsea in my opinion.

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

Bollocks. The other Top-six clubs all have better squads than we do.

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

Ah…squads…that’s a different thing to team. Our best team is definitely better than Spurs…especially if Kane plays lol

Danger Mouse
Danger Mouse

I’d give Emery an 8 out of 10 regardless of how the season ends. When you look at the trouble United have had replacing Ferguson I think it’s fair to say that Arsenal have handled Wengers departure much more smoothly so kudos to his selectors for that. It’s good to have a coach there who seems to work hard on the tactical side of things and we still play some eye pleasing stuff when we’re in the groove. All in all he seems to me to be the right man for the job. As Fatgooner points out, all he needs is some proper cash to spend and I believe he can take us up another few levels.

Ex-Priest Tobin
Ex-Priest Tobin

He’s performed extremely well. Very happy. So nice to have a coach who focuses on the detail and only talks about football, rather than Wenger’s pretentious “I see myself as a custodian of the beauty in mankind” bullshit.

Obama Young

Reminds me of the lyrics of one of my favorite Radiohead songs, “Only the Moment,” an obscure B-side from the late 90s:

It’s something different
with my personality
my ideas and style
but above all
I’ve kept the positives
a new spirit
and a new energy
I can give
but above all, it’s a big responsibility

big ambition, to be closer to possibility
we show our quality
our work, our spirit, our energy, each time

give us a different situation
we can enjoy
intensity with a good result
but above all, in a good way

I want to win everything
that I play
I want to be here with the possibility
I am happy
but above all, I’m happy

we are in process, improving
finishing the end
it is in our hands
we do something important
my vision is only the moment
only the moment…

Stretch
Stretch

Would love to the under 21s more…great talent..great skill in waiting..