Unai Emery already has the match-winning formula needed for Arsenal to be successful once more
The Gunners finished in sixth place in the Premier League last season and a huge 37 points behind winners Manchester City, who became the first team in history to reach the 100-point mark.
Arsenal, who have had an impressive pre-season campaign under Emery, will now meet the reigning champions on Sunday at the Emirates in which should be a telling encounter for their new manager as to whether progress has been made or not.
Replacing Arsene Wenger after 22 years is no easy feat with the London club having become accustomed to the Frenchman’s style of going out and expressing themselves freely.
But Emery intends to use a more structured and organised approach compared to his predecessor.
He told Sky Sports: “Defensively: first, it is to be organised, recover the ball quickly,”
“But in these two moments in the match we need to work. To say it here is easier than doing it on the pitch. We also need time, but now I am happy because I think the players are improving.
“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.”
Emery added: “Our style with the ball is to be protagonists, to do things with combinations, to control the match with the positioning of the ball. And then when we have the space, to be aggressive going forward.
“We need two things: quality players, which we have, and then organisation. Together I think we can improve, to win in our way. I repeat: organised, then play.”
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After Arsenal finished 12 points outside the top four last season, what is Emery aiming for in his debut campaign?
“It’s clear, the aim for the club is to arrive as champions, play for titles,” he said.
“But for me, I want to enjoy the way [we do it].
“I want the players and supporters to feel that together, and also enjoy each match, each moment in our stadium, and in this way the team transmits to the supporters the passion.
“Success is to improve, grow up, build one team with personality, and then I want to win. I want to do it one way with this personality, enjoying with our supporters.
“We are looking in this way, one team with a passion, with a quality, organised, and in this way we are near to winning in the future.”