What went wrong at #ARSENAL? | UNAI EMERY Interview (ENGLISH Subtitles)
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What went wrong at #ARSENAL? | UNAI EMERY Interview (ENGLISH Subtitles)


GUILLEM: You come to replace a legend at the club, Arsene Wenger,
in a time of transition within the institution. Why did Arsenal sign you? EMERY: One of the main reasons was to be a club man and to be a club man in the
sense of following the objectives of the club which were, firstly a return to the UCL that that year as they had missed out on after many years. And being a club
man was knowing how to organise the transition of certain important footballers such as the departure and ending of the contract of Peter Cech, the departure
and contract termination of Laureny Koscielny, Aaron Ramsey, Nacho Monreal. And the arrival of young players that had to be assessed and the best and most
successful way found to integrate them and to find how they could mix with the most important players that we had. And the knowledge that decisions taken at the
club should be supported and reinforced with my calculated judgement. GUILLEM: You arrive at a club that is not competing at its top level, which is what
they expected of you, having seen your teams in other leagues competing. EMERY: Another reason that the club considered when hiring me was so we
would be competitive. I had shown that I was a competitive coach, looking for that brilliance that Arsenal already had, combined with that
competitiveness that they had lost which meant they came up short when trying to make it to the Top 4 places in the Premier League.
We were looking to be effective, as much as brilliant. Looking to work on the details, the tactical details where we could be stronger as a unit,
and that is also one of the main things that I have managed to develop at my previous clubs. GUILLEM: And what is more you find yourself at a club with young players and
stars, something that you had encountered before at previous clubs. The likes of Neymar, Mbappe, David Silva, Villa, in some cases at the start
of their careers. Do you think that affected Arsenal’s decision to hire you? EMERY: Another of the reasons was that I had a career behind me backing my
status and they also considered that I was still more or less quite young for a coach, especially one with the with the level of experience that I had having coached
some very important players such as Neymar, Mbappe, Thiago Silva, Cavani and in their time also David Silva, Villa and Rakitic. So what the club was
also looking for was this type of experience with this level of football, while at the same time the development I had already enjoyed with
these type of players. In all my sides I had had a goalscoring frontman that always highlighted as the the top goalscorer in the league… in fact
that is what happened with Aubameyang in the Premier League last season, but I also had it before with Cavani, David Silva, and Carlos Bacca, because the path I set is about the aims and objectives of important players in the squad. And also the development of young players so they can bring success to your side
or prove to be a sound economic investment should they be sold later on, as has occurred a number of times with me and different clubs. And also whenever I sit down with the directors it is the
question I always like to ask. “Why do you want me?” Then I know exactly what is expected of me and I can
establish the basis from where I operate as a coach to work. GUILLEM: You came from Sevilla where you won a title and PSG where
you won seven. Did Arsenal tell you they expected you to win titles? EMERY: Well one of the important aspects of my
development has been my ability to play for and win titles. To date I have competed in 13 finals and have won 10. I had won three Europa Leagues, and I was joining at a time when
the club were also looking at the opportunity of once again winning titles. As it is they have been in Europe for 20 years without an (European) final
and last year we played in the final against Chelsea and were unable to win it, but it is certainly true that there was a thought that said why shouldn’t we win it? As a coach whose objectives align with ours, a coach who has won titles,
that is used to playing finals, that is capable of playing important knockout matches and winning them, then obviously Arsenal would
have to be thinking very much along those same lines. GUILLEM: And you began well. In your first 50 matches
you were the best coach in Arsenal’s history. Later there was not such good news but at the beginning in your first season
you went 22 games without losing and you went to the final of the Europa League. Was the club defining itself into more or less what you were looking for? EMERY: The truth is that in the first year I was very pleased and the only thing left for me to do was to put the rubber stamp on the season with a win in the final of the Europa League having already played two excellent knockout matches against UCL opponents
such as Valencia and Napoli where we were competitive and brilliant with great results, where over the two games in the knock-out stages we looked powerful. And then we played in the final against Chelsea
where we had a great first-half in a tactical sense, and where, in my opinion, we could have taken control of the game, however in the second half, Hazard separated both sides and they won the match. And then in the league we swam right up to the shore, and then died on the beach. We were also competing in the Europa League where perhaps the efforts we made
left us with too much to do because we were in the Top 4 for the last games and we effectively lost it at home in two games against Brighton
which we drew, and against Crystal Palace where we lost at a time when we were heavily involved in the knockout stages of the Europa League. There were things that happened that impeded our chances of responding
as well as we would have wanted such as the injuries to Rob Holding, Bellerin and to Aaron Ramsey who was at his best when he was injured against Napoli. which left us having to use different players in
very important games over a short period of time. But it’s true that I was very satisfied with how things
went because I believe we learned how to become a team. at times a team that shone, but a team that was effective and competitive, and a team that in general was what we were talking
about as to the reasons why Arsenal signed me. I believe we achieved that and we just needed to make that final step. GUILLEM: That’s it. Having the platform in place of a team that had
began to recognise itself. Why did you not climb up to the next level? EMERY: Well, this season, theoretically we also began well and I had the feeling,
and so did the club, that the achievements of the previous season were valued and we were now looking to how we could develop together
even to the point where they looking to offer a renewed contract. Then I remember we had one month – at one of the international breaks we were third and then in the first game after we came back from the break I remembered that the
frustrations from bad results were beginning to make us worse for the following matches. We were losing confidence, and it’s also true to say, losing a bit of stability.
The game against Sheffield United was a bit of a turning point. In one month everything got broken, and we were incapable of winning a game in 7. and the tension based on the question we were asking “What’s happening
to us?” was like a rolling ball that was just getting bigger and bigger. And the truth is that the coach is the first person to come into the spotlight. I have lived this at other clubs but I have managed to conquer it
by getting the team back on track as regard the game and
results, but the truth here at Arsenal that month was terrible. GUILLEM: What is football like? In a period of a few months a club goes from
planning the contract renewal of the leader of its project to showing him the door. I imagine these things really hurt because quite clearly all your senses are focused
on trying to make the team better. How do cope with this on a personal level? EMERY: The truth is I bore it within the the context
of the difficulty of the task that I had been facing. I even had friends or people at my side who would say to me:
“I can see you’re suffering,” and I would say “Naturally”. When a coach doesn’t win, he suffers. And when he
doesn’t win two, or three, or four he suffers more. We had to win to regain our emotional equilibrium,
to get rid of that frustration and we couldn’t. And what is true the social mass of Arsenal, which is very big,
couldn’t see it, couldn’t connect with what was happening and in this situation, as it happens in every country
and with every team, the coach finds himself targeted. I spoke to the players three or four weeks before the
process began to tell them that things were not going well and that I couldn’t see the team I pictured on the
field of play, I couldn’t identify what I was looking for. We looked for solutions, at times defensively we had to
be stronger, so we went with three central defenders We were trying to find a way to tactically synergise Auba, Ozil and Lacazette and those tactical situations so that every one could play the
best possible in their position and the results still didn’t come. anyway the club made its decision that was passed onto me by Raul with much
regret, because he also felt his share of the responsibility, and we were very united but the situation had become with protests from a section of the fans although I believe there was another important section that believed that
we could have been shown more patience and carried on with the project. GUILLEM: At times like this I am fascinated by the behaviour of all the parties involved. You talk about the fans for example, the talk is of a toxic atmosphere in
the stadium, that you would walk into the stadium and you knew there wasn’t the positive energy necessary for a team to
respond, for the players to perform. Did you note that or not? EMERY: All the games I tried to present to the players as an opportunity
to connect with the fans and especially at home in the Emirates. The team had to play with energy, needed to be capable
of being solid in defence and in attack, aggressive, with the ability to take the game to the opposition and,
on that basis, begin to be effective to score and to win. That’s what we did. It is true that on occasions we
managed to connect with the fans but without effect and later we certainly failed to be solid, to be a unit that
the opposing sides would struggle to get the better of. For me one of the determining things and something I will be proud of is that at home,
and this is the difference between the Premier League and the Europa League in the Premier League the team was not losing. In the event my dismissal
came after we lost against Eintracht Frankfurt in he Europa League, which was the only game that we lost. But in the
league although we didn’t win, we didn’t lose. We were at breaking poing point, and that day it snapped. And yes it is true there was a frustration because
we couldn’t get to the point we wanted to. I think we could have turned things around but I also understand
that those at the top have to take decisions and take responsibility. GUILLEM: What would you do differently? which is
another way of saying “Where did you go wrong?” if that is, you have had time to reflect on those times and over
the project in general and your adventure with Arsenal? EMERY: Last season we made the progress we wanted, we even played
in a final and we were close to playing in the Champions League. In the league we were in the running for a top four place right
until the last few games and this year we had to consolidate. and this year we had to consolidate. We wanted to
consolidate. So we brought a few things in with a view to making things better and covering the needs of the team
and it is true to say that in one month everything fell apart. The emotional stability was shattered as were all those things
that we believed were in place to enable us to get better. We did not manage to be strong defensively. This was
one of the great problems that I had yet to conquer. GUILLEM: But why?
EMERY: as far as the defensive-offensive equilibrium needed to win is concerened we played a game against Liverpool in the Capital One Cup
where we drew 5-5 and I, as a coach, thoroughly enjoyed that game. but of course, what you want is to win. A game like this you
want to win 0-5 but not draw 5-5 or even worse get beaten 5-0. So in this game there were many examples of what we were doing. A team more than capable in an offensive situation but defensively feeble. This was the process we had to go through to become more competitive.
Last year we occasionally managed to achieve this equilibrium, this year we started well with a 0-1 win at Newcastle and a
2-1 win at home to Burnley and a 1-0 win over Bournemouth. But we were unable to maintain this defensive
strength and this is one of the bases. And also when the team gets a sense of its own impotence
those upfront see that things aren’t going well at the back, those at the back say “we need to be more compact” starting with you people upfront, and in the finish the resulting conflict and lack of equilibrium at the the vital time when people needed to be assuming responsibilities showed itself clearly. GUILLEM: When doubts enter the heads of the player, it’s a
virus that spreads rapidly, no? Was there a lack of confidence? Was it clear that the team was expressing itself
to the maximum neither individually nor collectively? EMERY: Yes. A victory might possibly have arrested this situation but
it’s true to say that the team had to look for defensive and offensive adjustments in order to try to arrive at being that unit capable of bringing out our brand
of imposing football. We managed to do it last year. This season we didn’t. GUILLEM: Much is made of your ability to communicate. In the beginning
you arrived a did a press conference. You hadn’t slept that day, had you? EMERY: We had come in from Atlanta where we had been with Kroenke.
GUILLEM: You do it in English, and when things go well people don’t pay much attention to the fact that your English is something that you are working on.
In fact you spend hours away from training trying to learn the language, no? EMERY: I had a ground base of English simply because I
hadn’t had the opportunity to develop my English more and I had two years in France where I concentrated
much more on French. So when I arrived in England, the first thing I said to myself is “I have to speak
English” and the club not only helped me but also encouraged me to speak English even with
all the difficulties, which is why I made that effort. I have always made this effort for my first press
conference, to speak to the players in English and to finish my last press conference speaking in
English and I believe progressively speaking it better. Communication in football is very important and it has
been one of the basic foundations of my success in Spain in France as well, limited as it is but I also managed to learn French. Here in England in this process I wanted to lift my
level of communication in English to a higher level. Obviously I don’t know how far I’ve got, whether
it’s at 40% or 50%, I still had a way to go. When the results are not good you have to answer
more questions in English, but always on the same line. Consequently my speech in the first or the second
question could contain phrases or words to express myself but the third or the fourth or the fifth I found more
difficult. As a result I saw this barrier that I had to conquer and I believe that in time I would have done it but clearly I still had a long way to go. I had a coach in Spain, the Welshman, John Toshack who spoke a
charming Spanish and, when we had good results, it was bearable in the sense that we understood it and logically we had
some sympathy for him because it was not his language. But I understand that when you have poor results, it can be a problem
for you not being able to explain or get your message across in the professional way that you would want to can be a problem. So,
the language and communication is important, it has been all my career, and the efforts I have made with learning English I
believe has taken me up to 50% of where I need to be and I will continue to try to break down barriers and do my best to improve it. GUILLEM: Communication with the players: Was it fluid? Was it the
right one? Was there enough understanding between you and the players? Do you feel that you had connected with the players through language? EMERY: I had conversations with players of twenty minutes
or half an hour, practically every week. Individually as well. And when I finished the conversation I went to the delegate
of the team and asked if the message had been understood. and he always told me “Unai, logically there are things
that could be better, but everything is understood.” And the expressions on the players faces suggested
that they were getting what I was trying to say. Also I used my body language which is another effective way of communicating. It’s true that when you went to a press conference after losing it was more difficult. Generally there would be two questions – about the game, or one particular issue in this case there would be six or seven about what happened during the
game, and there would be two or three where you had the answer ready and you could explain what had happened and how you could
sort it out, but then the fourth, fifth and sixth became harder. Because I needed to find new ways to say the same thing. But I
think, with humility, I’ve made an effort to understand the English. But that language barrier becomes bigger in people’s eyes, because of the results. I think if the results had been good, like in the previous
season – people would have allowed me to make mistakes and found my English more acceptable than focussing on my mistakes. GUILLEM: That’s exactly what I was going to say, because I
used to listen to you and I didn’t hear the Unai Emery that I knew. You’re explaining now very well what has happened with the team, and when you
don’t have complete command of the language you sound like a different person. You talk about the relationship with some of the players, for
instance, Ramsey. How is it that Ramsey is allowed to leave? EMERY: When I arrived at the club there were two situations. One – Wilshere
and the other one was Ramsey, where the club had to make a decision. Ramsey was in the last year of his contract and the
financial conditions were a key part of the decision. Wilshere also had to possibility of renewing or not. After speaking to me I told
him how important he was and how I respected what he was going to do next. I counted on him without guaranteeing how important he was going
to be, whether or not he was going to be a regular in the eleven. He decide to leave and find another place at West Ham. And
Ramsey was a club decision. His contract was not renewed. He was in his last year. I used him when I had him. I think his injury
against Napoli was crucial for us in that last part of the season. Using him would have helped us a lot because he gave a lot, but what was
going to happen with his contract was a decision between the club and the player. GUILLEM: Since the departure of Arsene Wenger there have been
different people carrying out the same role. There’s a new structure. There is a transition that I guess hasn’t finished yet. You’ve remained in your
place on the bench. What do you think is the best structure for a coach like you? EMERY: With Raul, I had a clear idea that I shared with Ivan Gazidis,
which the role of the football director, working next to Viney and Raul And also it would be an intermediate point between the
coach and the team, and that would be covered by Edu. So we agreed that the structure was strong. Edu came in a bit later
than expected, because he was with the Brazil national team till July. And Edu is doing a good job. I had a connection with Edu
and Raul that needed time to settle. More time than we got. Edu had to get to know the club inside. I sat with him many
times. And we’d talk – “What do you think about the team?” Get information, I would tell him, and see what you
can interpret from what you feel from the players. Little by little we would find a way to progress with
the team. I think Edu needed and still needs this time but the structure the club is building with Raul and Edu and
with the coach is the structure that needs to be reinforced. GUILLEM: Inside the squad you also need structures and hierarchies.
You have to say, for instance, who the captain is. Who the leaders are. Did you feel sorry about the decision you made, you and your
players, because it was a joint decision, of having Xhaka as captain? EMERY: The main captains last year were Koscielny, Cech,
Ramsey and Nacho Monreal and they all left the team. So the natural leader in the changing room, because of
his values and what he represented, was Granit Xhaka. There was a vote to see if what I felt about him was also felt by the players. And they did. Circumstances meant that Granit Xhaka had a clash with fans,
but he is the leader that this team needs then and now because of the values he represents, because of the respect
that everyone had for him and because of his experience. But from the moment he stops being captain there are
other players who also have to capacity to take over like Aubameyang, Ozil, Lacazette – but the hierarchies within a team have to be
established with values, the strength of the squad and also what happens on the pitch. The coach has to let things flow naturally and allow the leadership to be established. Logically I am the one who decides who will be the captain.
But the players get to tell me who they perceive as captain. What made it difficult was that the four principal captains
left and new people had to take on the responsibility. These things need a process of settling and adjusting to wearing the armband
that is very important to me and very necessary for this transition to take place. GUILLEM: Another important player you had at Arsenal was Mesut Ozil.
How was your relationship and how did you plan to get the best out of him? EMERY: I’ve had a lot of conversations with Ozil. He’s very important for the team. There are games in which you see Mesut’s brilliance, linking with the attack.
But also I had to find players around him in which he felt comfortable. Also the team needed to feel solid. And when you, bit by bit, build a
team that is aggressive, intense, as well as structured for good pressure we also have to find a space for Mesut so he gives us
an important part of the game which is his brilliant talent. To do so I have to find the right connections between players;
the right tactics. I was very motivated to try to find that. I wanted Lacazette, Aubameyang and Mesut to work
together, each one of them with their own characteristics. But there were times when I had to leave one of them out of the eleven. You try to find a team that is competitive, and I found it
last season, but sometimes, for one reason or another for instance the injury of Lacazette, or Mesut being out for almost
a month with the problems he had with the recent attempted robbery he was less available. There was a time when I couldn’t use the three of them. The capacity to try to find how to put together the three different
qualities of these players was a tactical motivation for me. GUILLEM: Do you think everyone in the squad, the club, the fans, understood
what you wanted to do with Ozil and the potential he has right now? EMERY: Ozil is a very important player if you
can find a way to make it work with other players. He has talent that allows other players to be better, but when you want
more aggressive pressure, he does not have the best qualities for that. Then you have to look for, and we did work a lot in training, situations
where our opponents couldn’t find lines and passes to attack us easily. And you have to find the players who help you with that. For instance, last year in our best moment, it was the knock-
out stages against Valencia and Napoli, playing with 3-4-1-2 we had Mesut or Ramsey playing. Ramsey was very
capable of applying the pressure we demanded. With Mesut there was less pressure but we had more capacity
of having the ball and his brilliant combinations with the ball. I used to play tactically depending on the characteristics of our players.
If the pressure was higher or not so high, aggressive or less aggressive. If Mesut was in the team or Ramsey or Lacazette or Aubameyang, these were
tactical demands that, for a coach, are wonderful to experience and to explore. GUILLEM: But there were games when Ozil was not playing. Why was that? EMERY: There were games when he was not available because of injury, or he
wasn’t well, and there were tactical decisions including changing during games. On one occasion changing in minute 45, but those are things that happen during a game. And there were games in which he started on the bench. There was an important game, away
against Spurs last year, where we drew 1-1 where Aubameyang and Mesut were on the bench, and I told
them you two are going to be important when you come out. Be prepared to be important in a situation that is perhaps new for you. That’s when you feel that a coach has to make decisions. It’s
important to make players important even when they are on the bench. And that day, Aubameyang came out, had an option to win with a penalty in the 90th minute and Mesut played 15 minutes in a situation that was not normal for him,
coming from the bench and making an impact, but he played really well. That’s the good moments as a coach. I have actually lived
some very good moments at Arsenal and I want to keep them. Those management and tactical decisions with different
characteristics of footballers, how can you put them together to be able, in a moment, to have Aubameyang on the bench with Lacazette
playing, or the other way round, or both playing and to make that work. Those are my memorable moments at Arsenal. But I want to take advantage of this conversation to thank Arsenal for the
opportunity it gave me to live those moments. One bad month won’t take that away. GUILLEM: To finish with Ozil. How do you get on? Has the relationship broken down? EMERY: Mesut was one of the captains and the conversation
with him was very fluid. I spoke to him about football often. I enjoyed talking about football and sometimes about life as well. GUILLEM: Mikel Arteta and Arsenal. Could it be a good marriage? EMERY: Mikel Arteta has been at Arsenal. He has been
in the Premier League. And he has worked with Guardiola. I think he really is prepared to make that jump. This
decision that the club has taken doesn’t involve me. But I do believe that Mikel Arteta is a good decision
and I would also like it to be a good decision. GUILLEM: You come out of Arsenal. One morning you wake up to
realise you’re not actually going to be training. What is that day like? EMERY: Well it all happened on a Friday morning.
I was told. We said goodbye to the footballers. I told Raul that I’d prefer the footballers to come to me individually
instead of me going to the changing room and making a speech. And they all came, apart from Lucas Torreira.
He couldn’t make it but he left us a message. He was receiving a massage at that moment. But all the players came. I also got messages from Koscielny, from Wellbeck,
and I thank them all, but now is the time to go home. To be with your people, to analyse a lot. I’ll spend the
next few days close to the family, with my coaches. And I’ve started doing a lot of soul searching. We all
spoke to each other and questioned what we got wrong. There’s been interest from teams but I want to just
spend some quiet time and choose the right project. GUILLEM: I believe that Everton came calling then? I guess that happens because people recognise
that you are the man who can resolve situations. It would detract from the negativity of your sacking. How did you react to that offer? EMERY: Different teams have expressed interest. To be honest I want
to thank them for wanting me and I told them that I wanted to be quiet that I need to take a little bit of air. And to choose
well the next project after many years of not stopping. For the moment it is time to rest. That will be good for my mind. To regroup ideas and to analyse mistakes that we may have made.
To talk to people around me to ask them what they saw in what I did. GUILLEM: And would you go to the Premier League again? EMERY: As a coach I started in Spain. I had the opportunity to get to know
Russia, to work in France, to work in England in the Premier League. And that’s what I enjoy doing. I enjoy preparing games, being
on the pitch, analysing rivals, analysing and preparing our team. That’s what makes me happy and I’ll end up doing that again somewhere where
they really want me and when I have all the strength I need to develop my best version. And if it’s in the premier League, that’ll be good too.

100 Comments

  • steve goldy

    He say's we had played in europe for 20 years without reaching a final and he broke that trend but if he really knew our history he would know that we reached the champions league final in 2006 and also the U.E.F.A cup final in 2000 so wrong not once but twice

  • ChestnutTV

    What a gentle man. Thanks for your hard work, it was an impossible job where players should also shed blame but thanks again.

  • ebdprod

    I liked the interview a lot but let’s face it, it was a very softball one (which is perfectly fine and appropriate) The football had gotten absolutely dreadful, being outshot 25-5 by terrible teams, etc. If Unai had stayed I honestly believe we’d have been in danger of relegation. The team was incapable of creating anything in the opposing box. I’d really liked to have heard a bit more of how it all went so wrong. But still a nice chat amongst two intelligent gentlemen which was very enjoyable

  • garciaicrag

    Makes so much more sense when he speaks in spanish.. I wish he would have done a few more of his pressers in spanish to get a better idea of what he was doing.

  • Marcusson

    Unai u have my respect for taking almost impossible job after wenger. U have passion for football and love the game. Just take couple months holiday, take over at some Spanish side and u will be back. Good luck. COYG

  • rideforever

    1. Ozil blew their socks off yesterday, because Arteta respects players, he is not moaning about players.
    2. Emery + backroom staff + Raul + Edu create a Spanish speaking mafia. Even today he can't speak in English. This is stupid.
    3. Buy some defenders for godsake are you blind ? The entire planet earth know you have to buy some defenders.
    4. DM is extremely important but you move Torreira ? Then you demoralise the midfield by swapping everyone round like a circus.
    5. Pepe ? Why didn't you get a LW. Do you want to have 3 players on the right side and nobody on the left ?
    6. Xhaka. Why didn't you shield him, instead you let him die in public … whilst talking about 15 captains. What the hell is that.

    Anyway good luck on the next one.

  • Patrick Lenihan

    I really appreciate this interview. We all knew that it would be very difficult to follow Arsene Wenger and Emery gave it a good go. After the first season many were saying that Arsenal had avoided the problems Man Utd went through after Ferguson. However, these comments proved to be premature. It’s been said already, but it’s true so I’ll repeat it, letting so many good players go for little or no return, would be difficult for most clubs to deal with. Arsenal are still dealing with this legacy.

  • Reza Armeynaldo

    A bit odd that language was the problem imo. Most players at arsenal is multi-lingual and emery also speaks french. For those british boys who dont understand him, they got freddie to ask about instructions

  • The Goat

    26:10 for Ozil, Emery is a liar, he said Ozil wasn't available for a month because of the robbery but Ozil was saying he was by his posts online and he played Kolasinac straight away.

    He was dropping Ozil for 2years and playing about with him as he has done with other major talents at every club he has gone to.

    Fair enough he said Ramsey leaving was a club decision but he hardly played him.

    Thank God he left

  • sandall7k

    What a man. He was humble during the whole interview and looked a bit sad about the situation tbh. And as he said communication was key and it fell apart. And English media can be very cruel and harsh, I did mock him to about it sometimes, but how some of the pundits and media ridiculed him was very disturbing to see.
    I wanted him gone, because with this group of players I couldn't see him fix it, he was not just the right man for the job. I wish Unai the best in the future, and hope he can come back to the PL and people give him the respect he deserves I sense as a human being he is fantastic.

  • YCA

    Can't help but have affection and respect for this man. An honest man and a good guy. Shame it didn't work out for us. But Arsenal FC comes first.
    Wish you the very best Unai. really. 
    Good ebbbening.

  • Rahul Saxena

    He's a great great coach and is passionate about football. but in the end I think he was too much of a nice guy and just couldn't life the team up by being stricter to them and ultimately they didn't fear him at all.

  • DEREK

    For me The 1st 6 months, Unai was fantastic for Arsenal. He started to overthink things and it ultimately led to bad results. I lost hope in him in March 2018. When he made massive errors in selection, formation and lack of tactics. His goose was cooked when he failed to qualify for UCL even when Arsenal had the best fixtures and the other teams were struggling more. The Europa League final is the worst team selection I saw of him when he fielded a 2nd Choice goal keeper Petr Cech, when he knew Cech was a Chelsea employee. That was a sackable issue if the Arsenal board were serious people because that win would have set the club on a platform of transformation knowing that he had the experience to win it.

  • ff4sa

    Unai, you are such a great person. I feel sorry for you, you deseve better, not some shitty club like Arsenal, I was an Arsenal fan for 17 years, but not anymore, thanks to the fans, board, players and the owner, they are fking disgrace. the only person who showed class was Unai and Arsene.

  • TheKhela89

    I fully respect Unai as a man but even with this more in-depth interview it becomes obvious he wasn't the right man for Arsenal. His focus on how the opposition will pressure and the tactical way to beat that was never going to connect with a fanbase who believed in having philosophy first. The older fans from the Graham era may find it easier to connect but younger fans who grew up with Wengerball find it harder. We needed a manager who focused on his philosophy and imposing his style of play, then made small tweaks based on opposition tactics, rather than a man who builds his team based on what the opposition will do. Hopefully Arteta is that man but still respect to Unai for his honourable attempts.

  • Gonna Gooner

    What a terriffic interview Guillem, well done. I respect Emery and good to see his passion in his native tongue. BUT every manager has his chance in my opinion and Emery lost us, the fans, and the job in the run in for 4th spot last season. We were a couple of points from guaranteeing a 4th spot for the Champions league but his priority seemed to be the Europa League trophy – BIG mistake – he thought Chelsea, who were not playing well, would be a very winnable game. No! it's a final, anyone can raise the game, have a good game and win it. We did play well in the first half and Chelsea were poor but in the second half it was finished after 15 minutes. Relying upon a final win against any side has a risk. Emery took that and failed. Very poor decision, especially when if we played half well against Brighton and Palace the 4th spot was guaranteed. He should have put everything into beating Brighton Palace Leicester Everton etc and gained the required 2/3 points needed. He did not and THAT cost him everything. If you add to that he never changed our defensive attitude from the terrible position Wenger left us in as well. Seems to be a lovely man and I wish him well but he made huge mistakes and paid

  • Zvone

    I am not an arsenal fan but I used to love this guy, he is a truly passionate manager but unfortunately the players let him down..

  • Balaji

    I would thank Guillem(the host) for respecting Unai and giving him a chance to give his take on what unfolded under his management. The fact that Emery looked miserable 3-4 months before he got fired I would hold the board responsible for his state. It was his first stint at EPL and a lot of change in personal. A lot of leaders on the field left the club and some important players getting injured leaving him grasping at straws. He was a fall guy for all that could go wrong. He stayed classy until the end and did not throw anyone under the bus. I hope he comes back big in La Liga or Ligue 1 and win the league and Champions League as well. I would not be surprised if he gets another chance at EPL.

  • WINTERS-_-WRATH

    A interview whith Dracula ffs dont u think arsenal have been kick a nuff all ready who care what this waste of time got to say

  • Zsht

    I don't think there's any ill-will towards Unai from us Gooners.
    He's a top guy, but didn't command respect from his players, struggled with the language, and didn't enjoy London.
    Sometimes it isn't meant to be.

  • Taje Taje

    A lovely man Mr Emery so sorry people had no patience I personally argued with arsenal fans and believed that a venture takes time energy thought and fine running hope Mr Emery will receive my gratitude and thanks and best wishes for the future for him and family and soccer thank you happy new year to all

  • bluestreak1975

    Wish the best for this great manager. just not the right fit at the right time with Arsenal. can see he is a good man. I hope he has success at another club

  • Raphael Rau

    I wish Emery well and I will always wonder if he’d spoken English as well as Arteta how much more of a success he would have been.

  • ptrim1902

    Excellent interview GB. I couldn't help but notice your huge smile as you threw your questions at Unai Emery. It was obvious your admiration for the gentleman.
    It was unfortunate that it didn't work out for him at Arsenal. I still think he had a lot to offer but I cannot answer why it went wrong for him. He really looks like he lives for football as he said he would spend some time and analysis of where he may have gone wrong. He said he would speak to people close to him who may have an input in helping him to figure things such that he can improve in his next incarnation on the pitch. That's a humble man I must say. Again, great interview GB. Keep innovating. Thank you.

  • Mini Mead3

    Is he talking about his time he was managing Arsenal? Because the things he’s saying in this interview doesn’t really tally with what actually happened in reality.

  • schrodingerdiscovery

    I respect Unai for being as classy as Wenger. I wish it would have worked out for him at Arsenal, and I wish him success in the future.
    I disagree with the people who say that language barrier caused his downfall at Arsenal though. There are several examples of managers succeeding at foreign clubs without knowing the foreign language. Even in England, there is example of Marcelo Bielsa succeeding with Leeds United without knowing a word of English. I know the competition Leeds face is nothing compared to PL, but still they are playing football week in week out with Bielsa's tactics, and for two consecutive years he has brought them on the brink of promotion.

  • Son Bui

    Nobody thinks Unai is a bad man but the job was too big for him. He was not and is not at the level to fix the issues at Arsenal. Whether he realizes it or not he concedes his lack of leadership in this interview. His inability to solve problems tactically and man management wise. In one week Arteta is showing much more potential to get the players positive and believing in the methods.

  • ashavin 301

    Balague, I will never believe one word you say again. This is a good interview BUT you gave us all assurances that emery would not be fired. About 2 weeks later guess what!!! You are a fraud just like rahul and that vini….
    I have my concerns about edu as he looks like a dashboard puppy

  • The Champ Is Here

    I feel like the biggest thing that went wrong was that the players just couldnt understand him, he wasnt fluent in english so thats gonna be hard in the epl

  • Christian Zilla

    Great man and a decent manager who will win trophies again at a club that respects him and understands him. He done his best with an average group of players much like Wenger was in his latter years. As an Arsenal fan i was Emery out but only because i could see it was not the right fit. Good luck Unai.

  • Hell Proz

    Biggest problems are the people handling the transfers and obviously the owners. Always taking the cheaper alternative, always making wrong decisions because of the lack of football knowledge from the owners. Why give Özil a contract of 350k a week when he's clearly not performing, and not renewing Ramsey's contract? If we don't want to renew his contract, then there has to be a replacement. But how brainless and cheap are the owners? Getting an unproved Ceballos who isn't even considered important to Real Madrid. What about the current players in the squad? Too many of them are lacking, but the owners can't accept the truth.

    Who is so smart to recommend David Luiz to Arsenal? When our defence CLEARLY sucked badly. Why is Mustafi still in the club ane why wasn't he sold in the summer while he gets almost 100k a week in the reserves! How is this club even run?!

    Emery wanted Zaha (proven, always destroys Arsenals defence), a defensive midfielder and Upanameco.

    The board instead insists on Pepe (unproven, only 1 season, can't speak English), Ceballos (loan, unproven), Luiz (extremely known for being error prone).

  • Alan Teh

    I wanted Emery to be out from the club not because of the poor results but because it was pretty clear that some things went wrong and it wasn't going to recover any time soon. Had Arsenal not been such a big club with high expectations for results, I believe he would have been given more time. But something had to give and as always, it's the manager. He's a great coach and gave us a lot of memories from last season.
    I wish him all the best for the future, wherever he may go.

  • José Viso

    First step to overcome mistakes is to recognise them and that’s why he’s such a great manager. He is clever and understands perfectly what went wrong and has an excellent emotional intelligence. I would straight away sign him for any new project.

  • andrehellas97

    I really wanted emery to work out at arsenal but it just didn’t. Huge respect for him as a coach n he’ll do well in his next job but I don’t think he was ever the right man for arsenal

  • A.79

    He was too negative in the second season defending against clubs we should be running over add to that failing to create real chances in the final, messing up an easy run of games at the end of the first season to get top 4 and causing unnecessary drama with players like Ozil and Torreira when we needed them most! He did unfortunately dig his own grave.

  • patrick andersson

    I really like and respect Emery as a man, i also think he is really good manager but english football were not suitable to him. I have to say i was dissapointed when Emery was announced as successor to Wenger at Arsenal, i hoped the club had higher ambitions and would have gone for either Luis Enrique, Allegri, Rodgers, Tuchel, Jardim, Nagelsmann instead of Emery.

  • zblogger9

    Unai. Most of the players you worked with at Arsenal were total bottlers. Half of them cannot even put a simple tackle in. It embarassing. Glad you got out of this mess. Even Sheffield United have made bottle than this lot you worked with. Pumped up premadonnas the lot of them.

  • Where’s my penis?

    You people all say the same shit talking about how much you respect them right after someone loses their job after ripping them apart when they had the job. Same with Mourinho now Emery

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