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Name Unai Emery
Gender Male
Ethnic Spanish
Job Arsenal FC Manager
  Spanish Football Coach

Affiliation

Club as Coach Arsenal FC
  Paris Saint-Germain

2018 02 10 Retrieve

[Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery is relishing the prospect of facing Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16] We are going to be the focus of the world that day. This game will be, calmly, a possible final. The message is that we believe in ourselves, we are prepared to play games like this. It’s making us excited to play against [Real] Madrid, winner of three of the last four [UEFA] Champions Leagues. It’s a challenge and naturally I’m facing up to it

2018 08 10 Retrieve

The captain of this group is Laurent Koscielny, who is injured at the moment. After Laurent, our other captains are Petr Cech, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, and Granit Xhaka. I want leaders in the team - every player at every time to have the capacity to show leadership, but these are the five players who have the possibility to be captain

2018 10 23 Retrieve

[Unai Emery backs Mesut Ozil and Arsenal to continue] Yeah, it’s very important [to be a leader] in this situation. But we have in the team a lot of players with this capacity. I think he [Ozil] can play every match with this commitment and with this quality, [whether he is] captain or not captain

Yeah. For Mesut, today was a very good performance, and a very good victory together. And also we are going to push and demand for ourselves and for him also, this regularly

[But Emery still singled out Stephan Lichtsteiner for praise because of his attitude on the pitch] It’s not easy for Lichtsteiner to play left-back because [with] his [right] foot it is more difficult to progress on the pitch, helping and pushing with the combinations. Maybe it was not a very big performance in [terms of] the quality, or a very big performance in the combination with another player. But with the attitude and the commitment, for us it’s very important. And the same for Xhaka when he was playing left-back, I am very happy with every player. With Mesut Ozil and the same with Lichtsteiner

[Emery refuses to speculate about the team’s title chances when Arsenal remained just two points behind leading duo Manchester City and Liverpool and are now level on points with Chelsea] I think we need to continue with calm. For us it’s not important to think about the end (of the season). We need to think that the next match is against Crystal Palace next Sunday

2019 01 13 Retrieve

[Unai Emery on Mesut Ozil] For me he is like another player. It’s one decision, when one player is coming or not coming. Sometimes he is helping us, at other moments he is not helping us because of his injury or because maybe the match is not for him. But he is a good player

[Arsenal, who host Chelsea on Saturday evening, have picked up two points from their last five away games] It’s our challenge. Each match is our challenge away. We are working on that. We need to take more confidence, more performance collectively, being competitive away to change this moment. We started the season away well, being competitive and winning. But we need to do more to be more competitive and to impose our idea and our quality

2019 03 02 Retrieve

[Unai Emery doled out compliments for Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino ahead of their meeting at the weekend] I have a lot of respect for him as a person because he’s a good person, but above all as a professional and a coach. He’s young and he’s going to do important things in football. I hope [Saturday] it won’t be the case

2019 07 23 Retrieve

[Unai Emery hints the loan of Dani Ceballos from Real Madrid to Arsenal] We have been speaking about the possibility to sign one player on loan. Ceballos is a very good player. I know him from Betis at the beginning, and Real Madrid

2019 09 28 Retrieve

[Unai Emery on naming Granit Xhaka as Arsenal captain] Xhaka is mature, he has experience. We are living under pressure and criticism; as a coach, as a player, as a club. The most important thing is to stand up in each moment. I spoke with him, we want to change that outside opinion [of him]. The respect he has inside is very important. I trust and believe in him. He is a good man, a good professional, a good player