Unai Emery sends message to new Arsenal signings ahead of Man City clash
The Arsenal manager explains what he wants from the Gunners signings ahead of the new Premier League season
Unai Emery is hoping that the new Arsenal signings can help the Gunners find a balance ahead of their clash against Manchester City on Sunday.
The Spanish head is getting ready for his first Premier League game after the north London side appointed Emery as Arsene Wenger’s replacement back in May.
Emery has wasted no time improving his Arsenal squad with the addition of Juventus defender Stephan Lichtsteiner, Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno, Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Lorient teenager Matteo Guendouzi and Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira.
Arsenal finished 37 points behind Premier League champions Manchester City last season to highlight the widening gap between the two clubs following Pep Guardiola’s appointment at the Eastlands outfit in 2016.
The Gunners will welcome the defending Premier League champions Manchester City in their opening game of the the 2018-19 season at The Emirates on Sunday.
Speaking to Sky Sports about his new additions ahead of their Premier League curtain raiser, Emery said:
“When we are thinking in an attacking moment, I want the goalkeeper thinking for that, he is the first. The same when we are thinking defensively, I want our strikers to be thinking: ‘We need to protect the goalkeepers’. I want those two moments to feel the same for all players.
“Each player has this quality, this characteristic to help the team as a collective. For me, that is very important.”
Arsenal haven’t won the Premier League title since 2003-04 when Wenger led the Gunners to their first unbeaten season and a third title under the Frenchman.
Emery has previously managed Valencia, Sevilla, CSKA Moscow and Paris Saint-Germain to gain a lot of experience.