Arsene Wenger Sounds Unai Emery Warning: Playing Attractive Football Is A Responsibility At Arsenal

By The Editor
on 8th October 2019

Arsene Wenger is keen for Unai Emery to respect the values of the club and play expansive football…


Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger took the time out to remind Unai Emery that playing an attractive style of football is part of respecting the values of the club, the Mirror reports.

Speaking at the ‘Legends of Football’ ceremony at which the Frenchman was being recognised for his contribution to the Premier League, Wenger had some poignant words directed at his predecessor.

Wenger stopped short of giving a pure assessment on Emery’s work and instead reiterated that he’s now an Arsenal fan, but the 69-year-old then went on to state that the position he vacated comes with certain values.

Emery’s position as Arsenal manager has been the cause of much debate among fans this campaign fuelled by the type of performances we’ve become accustomed to under the former Valencia boss.

Emery came to the club almost 18-months ago and immediately stated that his desire was to respect the philosophy of the club, though we’ve deviated from that somewhat.

The head coach seems rather blunt in the way he wants the team to play in recent months and it’s far from what we were essentially used to under Wenger.

Teams such as Burnley and Bournemouth have come to the Emirates this season and enjoyed large spells of possession, with Emery opting for us to see both games out by defending with a low block.

“I’m not here to judge coaches,” Wenger said about Emery.

“I am a supporter of Arsenal Football Club so I just support [Emery] and hope that he can win games and plays a type of game that I like.

“I think a club like Arsenal is a huge responsibility and one of those responsibilities is to play attractive football.

“After that, I think the most important thing is to support the team, the club and win games.”

The fact that Emery was seen by the previous regime as a manager who embodied some of the key values they were looking for in terms of a Wenger replacement, there seems to be a contradiction with regards to what we’re seeing on the pitch.

Few fans will be complaining if this style of football sees us back into the Champions League, but it would be something Sanllehi, Edu & co have to consider beyond that.