Unai Emery has come out swinging in the media and to be quite honest, it’s a sight to behold. I’ve always suspected he was a bit on the spectrum, his words really drive home that point for me. This proclamation was particularly delicious for me.
“In Paris, I missed the chance to become the best coach in the world,”
My word. For starters.
“My mastery of French was enough to explain and make me understood,”
Trying to become the greatest with basic French, in a city that’ll throw shade for speaking French with an accent they dislike, is not a good start if you’re a serious person.
He then upset the most expensively assembled squad in the world, had them playing negatively, and tanked a one-horse race to Monaco. He is the only coach to have had a full season with the Sheikhs and not win a league title.
He was such a cuck, that his assessment of his time in Paris was basically, ‘Neymar was the leader’, and ‘I was in the out-group.’
“A player, a president and a coach. Each time, a different leader profile. I know when I’m the main person in a group and when I’m not.
“It’s a process that every coach has to live and internalise, it’s something you learn with time and experience.
“In each club you must know what role you play and what role you assign to the rest of the group. My opinion is that at PSG the leader is called Neymar.
“Or more exactly, the leader will be called Neymar, because that is what he is becoming. Neymar came to PSG to be the leader, to live the necessary process to become the world’s number one.
He took over a defence that conceded 19 under Blanc and conceded 30% more goals. He took over an elite attack that had scored 102 and tanked it to 83. Things turned around the next season when Monaco was decimated and PSG went on a wild spending spree. He was a joke in the media, a laughing stock with the players, and the football was negative.
Fast-forward to yesterday.
“Arsenal was a club on a downward slope for two years before I arrived. We stopped this fall and even began to rebuild the club with the Europa League final and fifth place in the league, only one point off Tottenham despite the fact that we took just one point in our final five matches. We had Champions League qualification in our grasp and it went wrong in the end. But it was a good season and we had this notion of continuing to improve. But we lost our four captains: [Laurent] Koscielny, [Petr] Cech, [Aaron] Ramsey and [Nacho] Monreal. They were personalities that we missed this season to stay on the right track, and some stars did not have a good attitude and asked for more than what they were giving back. Taking all of that into account, we needed time to succeed with our transition to a new Arsenal, which is what I wanted.”
It’s clear he’s out here trying to land a new job, I hope it happens for him, but cherry-picking what happened is embarrassing.
He was a disaster start to finish. No club in our situation would have hired him if they’d done even 5 minutes worth of due diligence. He landed the job because Canales put him forward, which is an outrageous privilege to start with. He didn’t learn the language. He had no connection with the squad. He didn’t know what he was trying to do on the pitch. No one wanted to play for him. The fans couldn’t stand the football.
Was he helped by what Wenger and Ivan left him? No. But he knew what the situation was when he took over, he had a presentation of the ages to explain how he was going to return us to greatness. He had a good sense of what needed to be done as well, fix the defence, be the protagonists, play great football… but he was a classroom manager. He couldn’t take complex football theory and execute it in terms players could understand.
Now we are where we are, overseeing the worst Premier League season in our history.
The players seem in a better place. This is Mesut.
“As a team, we are much happier and everyone wants to give everything for this club”
“Especially tactically we have improved a lot and I hope in the future we will be more successful.”
This is Lacazette.
“We are more together now. The way we think as well on the pitch and outside the pitch. Tactically we are better and we’re going to see a big improvement in the next few weeks.”
The next two months is huge for us, we need to rack up points to clear relegation, we need to find the balance between attack and defence, and we need to take the good vibes behind the scenes and see some output. Great process is all well and good, but obviously, we’re still in the business of points.
Hopefully, we’ll see a decent cup run.
Right, see you in the comments. x