|Job||Arsenal FC Manager|
|Spanish Football Coach|
|Club as Coach||Arsenal FC|
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 03 12 Retrieve
[Ozil - making his 200th appearance for the club - ensured Arsenal won consecutive away league games for the first time since May 2017] His quality helps the team. It is important he scored. I want not only for him to assist, we need him to go in the box and score like today.
I see the players are the same, each has quality. I will work with every player and continue our process to create the team as we want
[…that Arsenal’s players are adapting to Emery’s philosophy - although on evidence there remains plenty of work to do] We are improving. We need to continue working individually and collectively to improve more things. In the first half we didn’t control like we wanted but the second half we were better and the victory is just
We need to improve and score more individually. We need to work, every player - not only the attacking players but the midfielders and centre-backs from set-pieces.
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
2018 11 08 Retrieve
[Arsenal Welbeck sent to hospital after suffering horrific ankle injury in Europa League clash with Sporting CP] The worst news tonight is these injuries. We think [they are] serious injuries. He has been taken to hospital. We are going to wait [for updates]. Danny was working well. He is a very good person, his commitment to us is very big. This injury is very big for him, for us and for everyone
[He wasn’t the only Gunner injured, though, as Stephan Lichsteiner was also forced off with an apaprent muscle injury] Lichtsteiner is muscular. We will know [more] about his injury tomorrow
2018 11 11 Retrieve
[Danny Welbeck has broken his ankle and undergone surgery] Danny’s injury is big. We spoke with him yesterday and today. We support him. I think he will not be with us for a long time
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 02 24 Retrieve
[Emery offers positive Arsenal injury update on Iwobi, Lichtsteiner & Maitland-Niles] I hope it’s only one knock and not a more important injury. I hope Iwobi can play Wednesday. Lichtsteiner has back pain but I think he can also be okay for Wednesday. I hope also Maitland-Niles can be ready for Wednesday
[Emery said of that battle] For us, the first competition is the Premier League because it’s giving us the possibility to be consistent. It’s the first target for us, but also the Europa League. The Premier League is giving us consistency and at the moment I think we are feeling strong at home. Away in the last match we won away at Huddersfield, but I think we need more consistency away. We know that
We have the habit to play a lot of matches in one week. I think today I am happy because I said to them, Thursday I was very proud of them after how they worked in a very difficult match for the result. Also, it was a dangerous match with the result of the first leg losing 1-0. Today we decided to do some changes in the squad and it’s very important to carry on with our intensity and performance with different players. We need to be together and we can feel stronger with every player, and the possibility of using different players in different matches with the intensity that we want to play.
2019 02 28 Retrieve
[Arsenal 5-1 Bournemouth] We worked with intensity and we imposed, little by little over the 90 minutes, our superiority. In the first half after we went 2-0 up, they gave us problems. But we showed maturity to continue pushing and doing our work. The second half was good for us. It was a good performance and we can be proud of every player
Mesut helped us with his quality and work. All the players should be proud tonight and it is the same for Mesut
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 04 28 Retrieve
[Emery bemoans Maitland-Niles red card as Arsenal suffer more woe on the road] We worked, we prepared our game plan and [when it was] 11 v 11 the match was going like we prepared. For me the first yellow card should not be one. It has affected our game plan a lot. One player less is difficult. Today the reason [for losing] is the red card. We will continue, we will not look at the table. The Europa League is a big motivation for us
[Leicester, meanwhile, are still in the hunt for a seventh-place finish and a potential Europa League spot, and boss Brendan Rodgers was delighted with his side’s dominant display] Firstly our defence was nice and aggressive and we pressed the game really well. When it was 11 v 11 I thought we were the better team. I’m very pleased we got our reward for our hard work
2019 05 05 Retrieve
[Welbeck to leave Arsenal in the summer after five years] I spoke with the club about this situation. The decision is he’s going to leave
2019 05 22 Retrieve
[Arsenal complete £27m Saliba signing as defender loaned back to Saint-Etienne] We’re delighted William is joining us. Many teams wanted him but he decided he wanted to come to us and be part of our future. He will stay in France next season for more experience and then we look forward to him joining our group
2019 05 29 Retrieve
[Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are charged with leading Arsenal to glory in Wednesday’s Europa League final with Chelsea] I had [Kevin] Gameiro and [Carlos] Bacca at Sevilla, [Edison] Cavani and Mbappe at PSG… and now I’m very happy to have Aubameyang and Lacazette
2019 05 29b Retrieve
[Unai Emery refused to confirm whether Cech would start] I respect him a lot. His career is amazing. First as a person, second like a professional. He deserves trust in him. Because his career says to us he is a gentleman. On Wednesday he can start or not start. I am going to decide. But both will be with respect. How can we not believe in him?
2019 07 17 Retrieve
[Unai Emery has stated that he is hoping to see three of four new faces arrive before the transfer window closes on August 8] We need players with big performances. Our target is to get three or four players who really improve our squad now. We are being very, very demanding and first speaking about the possibility to sign very expensive players. The first player in our list is our first target, if we cannot achieve that [we’ll go for] the second. We think they’re going to improve our squad
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 07 25 Retrieve
[Speaking in the United States ahead of Arsenal’s game with Madrid in Washington] Ceballos is a very good player, I know him from Betis at the beginning and also at Real Madrid. He played very well with the under-21s, they won with his national team in this competition.
[When asked where he saw Ceballos fitting in at Arsenal, he added] He is a No.8 or No.10 player
2019 08 16 Retrieve
[Ljungberg’s arrival has already seen the likes of Robbie Burton given a chance during the summer, with the 19-year-old midfielder making a big impression during the tour to the United States] Freddie is helping us with the young players because he knows better than us every young player. For example, I didn’t know Robbie. Freddie said to me he’s a good player with the capacity to play as a six or an eight. Really, he helped us like we needed.
2019 09 01 Retrieve
[Lacazette injury not as bad as first feared as Arsenal striker substituted with cramp] Yes, I think it’s a hamstring problem. It’s not severe.
2019 09 13 Retrieve
[Emery backs Mustafi after Arsenal misfit rejects move] Mustafi decided to be here and when he decided to be here, he’s like any other player. Of course I respect his decision. When he decided I spoke to him and said, ‘You’re one more in the squad, I’m going to work with you as other players’. I don’t know exactly who was in his decision [to stay], but when he decided to stay here, it’s another player in the squad. Since he decided to stay here, he’s working every day with a big motivation and good spirit. That is one issue I want from every player: training with good spirit, helping and after giving us his performance in training and after, if I decide, in the match.
2019 09 23 Retrieve
[Rob Holding will start his first Arsenal game in 10 months on Tuesday night when the Gunners host Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup] Holding, I think, will play on Tuesday. We are going to decide on Tuesday [on Bellerin and Tierney]. The first idea is if we can they’ll have minutes. It depends on their feelings and the decision for the first XI. With Hector and Tierney we will want to use them. I don’t know if it’s starting in the first XI. If they’re feeling well
[Mesut Ozil could come in having been an unused substitute against Villa, while Lucas Torreira, Calum Chambers, Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson are also in contention to play] We played on Sunday and we’re going to play on Tuesday. It’s not normal in two days. We need fresh players and different players. I think we’re not going to repeat one player [who started on Sunday]
2019 09 25 Retrieve
[Arsenal boss Unai Emery does not believe Hector Bellerin will be able to start for the Gunners against Manchester United in the Premier League despite his successful return to action on Tuesday] He wanted to play 90. He said I’m ready and wanted to play. I think no [he won’t be ready to start against Manchester United]. Maybe in his mind yes. We need to listen to the doctor. The first minutes were amazing for him…The most important for him is his attitude. He wants to help us.
[Rob Holding marked his comeback from a knee problem that kept him out for nearly 10 months with a thumping header to put Arsenal 2-0 up] It is perfect to have more options at centre back. His spirit, his positive minutes. Every day in training he helps us to have more performances like a team. He needed to take minutes and confidence. It was a perfect match. He was a little tired at the end, he’s happy
[Gabriel Martinelli opened the scoring on his first start for the club and the 18-year-old rounded off a rout with a deflected stoppage-time strike] We were waiting and watching him [Martinelli], how he could improve with us. He played very well in pre-season, he was working each training with a big spirit and performance. I spoke with him and told him to have some patience for his opportunity to do like he was doing. Tonight he did that. He deserved it. He is very humble, he fights, he’s hungry to have that opportunity to help us
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
2019 10 07 Retrieve
[Martinelli has been used sparingly by Unai Emery in the Premier League, making just two appearances as a substitute. In other competitions, however, Martinelli has shone for the Gunners, scoring two goals in his first competitive start for the club in a 5-0 mauling of Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup] He’s hungry, he is very humble and he fights. I told him to have patience for his opportunity. He did that and he deserved [these goals]
2019 10 28 Retrieve
[Emery chastised Xhaka in the wake of the game, saying ‘he is wrong’ to react to supporters] We are going to speak [internally] about that situation. I want to listen to him and also to be calm, but, really, he was wrong in this action
2019 11 20 Retrieve
[When Unai Emery appointed as Arsenal FC manager] I’m very excited to be given the responsibility to start this important new chapter in Arsenal’s history. I am thrilled to be joining one of the great clubs in the game. Arsenal is known and loved throughout the world for its style of play, its commitment to young players, the fantastic stadium, the way the club is run. I’m excited about what we can do together and I look forward to giving everyone who loves Arsenal some special moments and memories.
2019 11 21 Retrieve
[Swiss star Xhaka remains upset at being stripped of the captaincy for swearing at Gunners fans four weeks ago] This morning at training I had a very good conversation with Granit and he wants to come back. He is feeling better and believes his team is Arsenal. He is a good guy and good player. He loves and respects Arsenal and knows that in one game he made a mistake. First of all, we do not forget his mistake. That is why I took the captaincy off him as it is better he does not have that responsibility. But he has told me he is very convinced to help the team and the objective I am working for is for Granit to have a long future with us
[Emery acknowledges the situation is still very delicate as a number of fans are still not prepared to forgive Xhaka] The confidence of the supporters will decide when he comes back. We want him to help us and also convince every supporter of his commitment. His performances are going to be better and they are going to be proud of him. At the moment it is most important how he feels. If we can connect with our fans, we are going to improve. In this situation, it is better to do it with him on the pitch. That could be at the Emirates or away. It’s a special circumstance with Xhaka, but he is not the only player who needs to find confidence. Hector Bellerin told me he sometimes struggled with the supporters when his performances were not the best. We have had some other players in the same situation. But they have all come back and with Xhaka, it’s the same.
2019 11 21b Retrieve
[Arsenal manager Unai Emery reacts to Jose Mourinho replacing Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham] I think it’s a surprise how it finished with Pochettino. I don’t know exactly why and how it’s going to change their performance. [Jose] is a very good coach, his career is strong with titles and experience and I think also Pochettino working in Tottenham was amazing
[Asked whether he was surprised by Pochettino’s sacking, Emery said] Yes, for me it was a surprise. Maybe the last matches they didn’t achieve a good result but in the last year with Pochetinno was perfect. They decided to change and I don’t know the reason but we have our way and they have their way. We want to keep that distance [ahead of them in the Premier League table]
2020 04 29 Retrieve
[Emery hopes Neymar returns to Spain and wishes Ronaldo had never left] Now that I am in Spain I would like the best players to be there. I would like Messi to continue, that Cristiano had not left, that Neymar returns. Having those players in our league makes us bigger.
Neymar has a huge heart, you also have to understand people [and] empathise. A sports career is short, so [it is important to be] able to focus on moments that your profession requires. Neymar must be told: ‘Take advantage of these moments where you can be the best in the world, because you have the ability’. I have always said that it has been an honour for me to work with him for a year - at a football level he is so impressive [in] training sessions [and] matches
2020 05 02 Retrieve
[Unai Emery believes Neymar has the capacity to usurp Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the best player in the world] I had a magnificent year with him. I learned so much watching his responses in each training session and in games. Neymar has the talent inside him but also the ability and qualities to execute it. I think he’s got an opportunity to take the baton from Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo and be the best player in the world, and he has the time to do it.
Now that I am in Spain I would like the best players to be there. I would like Messi to continue, that Cristiano had not left, that Neymar returns. Having those players in our league makes us bigger. Neymar must be told: ‘Take advantage of these moments where you can be the best in the world, because you have the ability’. A sports career is short, so [it is important to be] able to focus on moments that your profession requires. Neymar has a huge heart. At a football level he is so impressive [in] training sessions [and] matches
2020 05 02 Retrieve
[Former Paris Saint-Germain head coach Unai Emery has relived the ‘worst moment’ in his managerial career by talking through his side’s 6-1 loss away to Barcelona in the Champions League] In that period of the game, I saw that an important player for us, who had had problems during the week, was hiding himself away. Perhaps I should have changed him. Those small things are what can see a game slip away from you. Then there is another key thing: the Barca players, especially Luis Suarez, kept on diving in the box, putting lots of pressure on the referee until he fell for it.
I would change the referee from that game. There are many details in that match you can analyse. But I would change the referee and that’s it
2020 05 09 Retrieve
[Unai Emery says Kylian Mbappe is capable of marking an era at Real Madrid and could be somewhat unfulfilled at Paris Saint-Germain] Of course he has the ability to mark an era in Madrid. Advise which league to play in? When I was in France, I love that he was there because I enjoyed it. When I went to England, I would have liked him to play in the Premier League. And if I return to Spain, I want him to be here
Look, surely there will be things from PSG that fill you up and maybe some will not, and there may be Real Madrid. We are lucky to have and export the two best teams in the world, which are Real Madrid and Barcelona, and I would like them to continue having the best players in the world
2020 05 15 Retrieve
[Emery slams Ozil’s ‘attitude and commitment’] In the end he has to look at himself. At his attitude and his commitment. I tried my utmost to help Ozil. Throughout my career, talented players have been my favourites and they have played at their best or close to their best with me. I was always positive with him in terms of wanting him to be involved, but then the attitude that he adopted, and the commitment levels, well, they weren’t enough. One of the captains could possibly have been Ozil but the dressing room didn’t want him to be captain. His level of commitment was not that of someone who deserved to be captain, and that’s not what I decided, that’s what the players decided.
In that game the commitment was there. We got back to London at eight in the morning and I went home, slept three hours, and then went back to Colney. I had meetings with all the players that day. Individual half-hour chats with each one. Only Ozil didn’t want to come. I don’t know [why]. He didn’t come. And that’s what we’re saying when we talk about commitment. When the commitment is 100 per cent then everyone comes.
2020 05 15b Retrieve
[Former Arsenal manager Unai Emery has admitted he would have rather signed Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha than Nicolas Pepe] We signed Pepe. He’s a good player but we didn’t know his character and he needs time, patience. I favoured someone who knew the league and wouldn’t need to adapt. Zaha won games on his own: Tottenham, Manchester City, us. Incredible performances. I told them: ‘This is the player I know and want’. I met Zaha and he wanted to come. The club decided Pepe was one for the future. I said: ‘Yes, but we need to win now and this lad wins games.’ He beat us on his own.
It’s also true Zaha was expensive and Palace didn’t want to sell. There were a series of decisions that had repercussions
It’s difficult. The energy slips, things drift; everything does, everyone does. Some support you but you feel the atmosphere, relationships [shift]. And that transmits to the pitch. Losing leads against Palace and Wolves reflected our emotional state: we weren’t right. It wasn’t working. I told the players: ‘I don’t see the team I want.’ That commitment and unity wasn’t there any more. That’s when I see I’m on my own. The club left me alone, and there was no solution.