Unai Emery has acquired many admirers during his time as a top-level coach.
After beginning his managerial career with Lorca Deportiva, the Spaniard won trophies with Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain, and Emmanuel Petit is hoping he can transfer that success to English football.
“I think he’s a talented coach,” he told Arsenal.com. “He’s got a specific vision on the pitch, just like he did with Sevilla, and I really hope that he can do that with Arsenal. I hope the leaders of the dressing room will follow his steps and his orders.
“Offensively, there is no problem. I think Arsenal has been marked as a brand offensively, the way you move, your passing, skills. Arsenal will always be able to score goals against any opponent but the question is whether you can avoid conceding goals.
“When you look at the table from last season, you can see the big difference between the top teams in the Premier League. Scoring goals? Yes, but more importantly with conceding goals.
“The coach, Unai Emery, will have to do a lot of work defensively - and that’s not just on the defenders - so that the whole team’s mentality changes when they lose the ball. For me, the main problem with Arsenal is not when they have the ball, it’s when they don’t have it.”
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