Unai Emery sends important message to Arsenal supporters

The Arsenal manager underlines the importance of the Gunners supporters in the 2018-19 season

Arsenal manager Unai Emery Photo: Football.eu / Wikimedia

Unai Emery has underlined the important role that the Arsenal supporters will have to play next season.

The Spanish head coach has taken over the reins at the north London side from Arsene Wenger after the Frenchman stood down following 22 seasons in charge of the Gunners.

Arsenal finished in sixth spot in the Premier League table last term to miss out on a spot in Champions League football for the second successive campaign.

Emery has already set about trying to stamp his authority on the Arsenal squad after the Gunners boss completed two summer deals early in the transfer window.

Switzerland captain Stephan Lichtsteiner completed a free transfer to Arsenal from Serie A giants Juventus to improve their options at the back ahead of the new campaign.

The Gunners have also recruited German goalkeeper Bernd Leno in a £20m deal from Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen to provide Petr Cech and David Ospina with competition.

While Emery has been busy adding new faces to his squad, the Gunners manager was keen to emphasise the important role that the Arsenal supporters will have to play next term.

“For me, it’s after I met with the staff, now I’m meeting with the supporters,” Emery told Arsenal.com. “Together, we can make things better and achieve success in the next years.

“For me, the supporters are like one table with four legs. All the legs are very important. One leg is the organisation, the second leg is the team and the players, the third is the media who broadcast our success all around the world, and the fourth is the supporters.

“The four legs are very important for the table and likewise for Arsenal. If you lose one leg, you break. I’ve used this metaphor many times to describe our relationship with the supporters.

“I am very excited for everything to do with this club, with the staff, the supporters and the players at training on Monday,” he added. “This event is all about the supporters and I want us to be together here because the supporters want to know all about me. I am here for them.”

Arsenal lost 3-0 to Premier League champions Manchester City in the League Cup final at Wembley last season.

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