Unai Emery replies when asked if new Arsenal boss has spoken to Arsene Wenger
The Arsenal manager reveals he hasn't spoken to Arsene Wenger about taking over the reins of the Gunners
Unai Emery has revealed that he hasn’t spoken to Arsene Wenger since taking over the reins at Arsenal.
The Spanish head coach was appointed as Wenger’s successor back in May after the Frenchman stood down following 22 seasons in charge of the north London side.
Wenger led the Gunners to a disappointing sixth-placed finish in his final season in charge of the north London club.
Arsenal lost 3-0 to Premier League champions Manchester City in the League Cup final at Wembley, while the Gunners lost 2-1 to Atletico Madrid in the Europa League final.
Emery has wasted no time stamping his authority on the Gunners squad following the addition of five new players in the summer transfer window so far.
However, the new Arsenal boss has confirmed that he hasn’t spoken to Wenger despite inheriting the Gunners from one of the club’s greatest-ever managers.
“Not yet. Normally, every year when we meet in Nyon every coach, in this meet, (we have a) conversation together,” Emery is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.
“I am sure we are going to meet together in the next week or month or near future.
“Each coach needs to know also the player. Not the same relationships all the coaches with the players. I have my personality and I want to know with my directly opinion and my directly conversation with the player.
“I have more information with the players for the club, for the person around me. The information with Arsene is sure important also for me but the best is my direct relationship with the player and the conversation with the player.”
Arsenal signed experienced Switzerland international Stephan Lichtsteiner in a free transfer from Serie A giants Juventus.
The Gunners have also brought in Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno in a £20m deal.
The north London outfit have also brought on Greece international Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund.
Arsenal wrapped up deals for Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira and FC Lorient teenager Matteo Guendouzi this week.