Unai Emery took over the reins at Arsenal after Arsene Wenger’s tenure and has already put his stamp both on and off the pitch.
Arsenal underwent a massive change in the summer after Arsene Wenger decided to end his association with the Gunners. The club looked to Spaniard Unai Emery to rebuild the club. Since then, there have been a lot of positive signs indicating Emery’s influence. But things didn’t turn out as positive for one Arsenal legend.
Robert Pires rejected?
Robert Pires has ambitions to move into coaching. So, he contacted Emery to apply for a role in his backroom team. Emery held talks with the club chiefs over appointing Pires but the club were already employing Steve Bould.
On missing out on working with Emery
“I want to learn. For now, I don’t want to be a manager because it is too tough. You have a lot of responsibility,” Pires said.
“Maybe a good start for me would be to work with him on the staff. That is why I sent a message to Unai Emery and he replied to me and said, ‘Yeah, but we need to talk with the club’.The club said, ‘Maybe it is a good idea but we already have Steve Bould’.
Pires has no hard feelings and has refused to close the door on him joining Emery’s revolution further down the line.“So I said, ‘No problem, I respect your decision’. Maybe one day, I hope.”
On Emery’s work at Arsenal
“I am not surprised to see Arsenal build this long unbeaten run because I know Unai, he is like a warrior. He won a lot of trophies when he was the manager of Sevilla and Paris St-Germain, so even though it was always going to be difficult to replace Arsene Wenger, he has done a good job.”
“He has his philosophy, he brought good discipline to the dressing room, he is a very good decision-maker, even if it is not always a popular decision. I am not sure they can win the title this season as Manchester City and Liverpool are playing so well but I hope they can reach the top four.”
“It’s clear that Emery changed something in the dressing room, especially in the mind of some players. Now everyone knows they need to prove something to the new manager.”
Unai Emery has certainly done a commendable job at Arsenal. The 47-year-old has steadied the ship while the club has undergone transformation both on the pitch and behind the scenes.
It will certainly be a huge boost if the Gunner can make it back to the Champions League either by making the top 4 or by winning the Europa League. For the sake of the Gunners faithful, let’s hope Emery can kick on and start pushing for the title in seasons to come.