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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 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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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

[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]