Unai Emery was unveiled as the new Arsenal head coach on Wednesday afternoon and he left a strong and positive impression.
So what did we learn?
His English is much better than we’d been led to believe
Despite probably not being able to order a pint in Spanish, a number of media people told us that Emery’s English was awful.
Sure, he’s no Arsene Wenger-type linguist, but it wasn’t hard to understand what he was saying at any point and he was able to get his ideas across well.
He’s a sweet-talker
He told Arsenal fans he wants pressing and passion and generally indicated he would deliver everything that has been desperately missing at Arsenal for a number of years now.
He will have to endure the same mundane questions as Wenger
Approximately three questions into his life as the new Arsenal head coach, Emery was asked about Jack Wilsere’s contract.
Given he hadn’t even met the players by that point, it’s hard to know what the journalist in question expected him to say.
David Ornstein’s fame has gone to his head
Ornstein is hailed as the definitive Arsenal reporter.
When he writes, Arsenal fans pay attention.
As such, it seems like his fame might have gone to his head as he asked a series of disrespectful questions.
His first started “You’ve obviously not won anything in England…” While it might not have been meant in a disrespectful way, and was merely Ornstein stating a fact, his delivery was well wide of the mark and didn’t improve.
The media knew very little about what Arsenal were doing
During the search for Arsene Wenger’s successor the media have got little right.
They were adamant Mikel Arteta would get the job when Ivan Gazidis and co had already recommended Emery to the board.
They claimed Arsenal had interviewed 10 managers when Gazidis confirmed it was eight and they had absolutely no clue that Emery, along with Gazidis, flew to America to meet with the Kroenkes.
In fact, they didn’t even know Emery was on the list, let alone the shortlist.
Nobody turned Arsenal down
Gazidis says of all the managers they spoke to, none rejected them. 7
This is, however, a little disingenuous as not all eight would have been offered the job for them to reject.
That being said, all eight seem to have expressed an interest in the role.
Ivan Gazidis is our new overlord now
Some joked that the new Arsenal manager, Ivan Gazidis, and his assistant, Unai Emery, were giving their first press conference.
Funny, but perhaps not too far from the truth.
Gazidis looks like he has seized far more power than anyone else at the club and Emery has arrived to work under him, not alongside him.