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Five former players examine his tactics

Five former players examine his tactics

During her presentation as Director of Arsenal, Unai Emery promised fans that she would work hard to help the club fight for the titles. Those who know him well say that the Spaniard will do everything in his power to achieve his goals. With a preview of the Gunners Premier League against Manchester City on Sunday, five of Emery's former players have spoken with ESPN FC to give an idea of ​​how the new Arsenal boss works.1 . A captivating style Two of Emery's compatriots, Rafa Benitez and Pep Guardiola, have impressed in English football with their distinct football philosophies. Who is the new leader of Arsenal's most aligned? "It could be a mix between the two," said former Valencia goalkeeper Cesar Sanchez. "Unai is an offensive coach, but he is able to order the team not to concede many goals: his teams come out to win the games". Fans will not see possession for possession. They will see the kind of football that the British like: open games, with a lot of aggression. "Former Almeria midfielder Miguel Angel Corona has agreed, but stressed that Emery will also work to find a balance for a team that has suffered 51 goals during the last season of the Premier League of Arsene Wenger." Unai loves a solid defense team. Without a doubt, he also wants his team to be very direct and look for the goal without stopping, "said Corona. Nico Pareja knows all the meticulous defensive work of Emery after playing with him at Spartak in Moscow and Seville. " He likes having his teams ordered, "said the Argentine central defender." It clearly prefers the counterattack to possession, but this does not mean it is not offensive. "In Seville we pressed the opponent to drown them and we were a roller-coaster at home." 2. Emery prefers the 4-2-3-1, but is not afraid to adapt. The 4-2-3-1 formation was the most common during Emery's career, but at Paris Saint-Germain he was forced to move to 4-3 -3 to make room for Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani. "I think he feels more comfortable in a 4-2-3-1 and with [Mesut] Ozil, he can fix his team this way [Granit] Xhaka e [Lucas] Torreira gives balance from the midfield, "said Cesar. But he is able to adapt his players to another system. See what he did at PSG. "Former midfielder Lorca Xavi Moro recalls that Emery's first appearance at the Murcian was" a 4-4-2 "." Unai believes more in a football philosophy than in a training, "Moro pointed out, while Pareja added:" His favorite system was 4-2-3-1, but sometimes we also played 4-4. -2. "He can also choose the best system based on his rival because he too studies the opponent Work in the field, with speeches and videos, to try to establish his idea, but adapts to his team to choose the best plan. "3. Mesut Ozil will be the key The new boss of Arsenal usually deploys a line of three behind the striker with a pure wing like Joaquin, a number 10 talent and another director to add creativity to the team. other side, like Juan Mata. Corona, Ivan Rakitic and Ever Banega have played important roles under Emery in the role number 10 and the former director Almeria plans to replicate the same formula with Ozil. "Unai wants her players to express their talent and will surely look for the best way to make Ozil a decisive player in the team's game," said Corona.Cesar, who remembers that in Valencia, Emery has given David Silva that responsibility so that 39, the current Manchester City midfielder could show his full potential. "Silva played 10th for us on the hips," said the former goalkeeper. "Number 10 is an important figure for Emery because he is the player who connects the midfielders with the attackers." The two midfielders give balance, with one even pushing forward. If anyone can get the best out of Ozil, it's Unai. "Unai Emery David Price / Arsenal FC via Getty Images 4. The full backs push forward to attack.Emery was the manager who turned the wings as Jordi Alba and Alberto Moreno in full-defends in Valencia and Seville, and he also used other offensive defenders in his career as Dani Alves or Mariano.Yuri Berchiche was also hired by the new boss of Arsenal to associate Neymar on the left side for PSG last season and believes that Emery is the compatriots Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal "will benefit from his style." "Unai loves the full-backs to move forward and ask the whole team to press up in the rival's side," said Berchiche. "He tells us not to be afraid to attack because he wants the fullbacks to be part of the attack game but without forgetting that we are defenders. "So, first of all, we have to fulfill this task: Arsenal will play offensive football, through the hips, with a lot of possession." 5. The caretaker's task is up for grabs One of Emery's first decisions as head of Arsenal was to sign Bernd Leno despite the brave Premier League Petr Cech already on the pitch. Some will remember that Guardiola did something similar to City when he replaced Joe Hart with Claudio Bravo because he wanted a goalkeeper capable of playing well with the ball as a midfielder. Cesare believes that Leno will "perfectly adapt" to Emery's style. "Unai does not ask the goalkeeper to touch the ball 30 times like Barcelona but wants his goalkeeper to have the ability to pass with both feet, in order to pass over the opposing lines and quickly look for opportunities on goal," he said the former Valencia goalkeeper. "Emery likes shaping the game from behind, but will not ask the guardians to take too many risks. [Bernd] Leno will start sooner [Petr] Cech. It's a good problem for Unai, but it does not even have problems rotating. "He does not want anyone to rest on their laurels and in Valencia he has already done with [Vicente] Guaita and me. "6. The players will be in good hands.The magician is only 46 years old but has been hardened by a thousand battles.He started in Lorca training players of the same age, inherited a dressing room in Valencia that is about to explode under Ronald Koeman Arsenal after facing the great ego of Neymar and Co. at the Parc des Princes. "Try to be close to the player and understand him because he attaches great importance to the psychological part of the game," said Moro.At Sevilla, Emery he also gained a very good reputation for the recovery of players who seemed to have reached the bottom – like Banega, Gameiro and Jose Antonio Reyes. "His relationship with the players is very good and he always tries to motivate us. He requires a lot of training to help you grow, "explained Pareja." He likes to talk a lot with us. He works 24 hours a day and is an excellent professional. This is a great help for the player because he tries to study all the aspects of the game to get the most out of us. "The Spaniard also had to face some difficulties in the PSG when Cavani and Neymar quarreled in a famous way at half-time penalty at the start of his second season in charge.Berchiche did not provide much details on how that problem was solved internally but the current left-back of Athletic Club admits that Emery is the type of manager who has no problem comparing his players face to face "Always try to be close to the players but, knowing that he is the manager, He also keeps his distance ", admitted Berchiche." The people around him are the ones who maintain a closer relationship with the players but he has no problem in telling you things in the face when it's necessary. "
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