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.”