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First-team coaching staff confirmed

Unai Emery’s coaching team here at Arsenal has been confirmed.

Unai will be joined by First Team Assistant Head Coach, Juan Carlos Carcedo; First Team Assistant Head Coach, Steve Bould; First Team Coach, Pablo Villanueva; Director of High Performance, Darren Burgess; Strength and Conditioning Coach, Julen Masach; Goalkeeping Coach, Javi Garcia; Goalkeeping Coach, Sal Bibbo and Data/Video Analyst, Victor Manas.
Arsenal Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis said: “Unai has a very strong and talented team and I’m delighted that they are joining us. I’m also pleased that Steve Bould, Sal Bibbo and Darren Burgess will continue their work with us. As we go through this period of change, we need to retain some continuity and they have an important role to play.”
First team coaches Neil Banfield, Tony Colbert, Jens Lehmann, Gerry Peyton and Boro Primorac; Head of Medical Services, Colin Lewin; Physiotherapists Andy Rolls and Ben Ashworth; Osteopath Dr Philippe Boixel and Travel Manager Paul Johnson have left the club.
Ivan said: “All these people have played a huge part in the club’s success and development over many years. We thank them for all their hard work and wish them all the best for the future.” 


‘Without the supporters, the table breaks’

Unai Emery

Unai Emery surprised more than 300 of our fans when he turned up at our Emirates Stadium supporters event on Wednesday evening.

Having already met club staff, our new head coach took part in a question and answer session alongside chief executive Ivan Gazidis, and was keen to share his footballing philosophy.
“For me, it’s after I met with the staff, now I’m meeting with the supporters,” he told Arsenal.com. “Together, we can make things better and achieve success in the next years.
“For me, the supporters are like one table with four legs. All the legs are very important. One leg is the organisation, the second leg is the team and the players, the third is the media who broadcast our success all around the world, and the fourth is the supporters.
“The four legs are very important for the table and likewise for Arsenal. If you lose one leg, you break. I’ve used this metaphor many times to describe our relationship with the supporters.
“I am very excited for everything to do with this club, with the staff, the supporters and the players at training on Monday,” he added. “This event is all about the supporters and I want us to be together here because the supporters want to know all about me. I am here for them.”


Unai Emery surprises fans at Emirates Stadium

After meeting staff at Emirates Stadium yesterday afternoon, Unai Emery was the surprise guest at a season kick-off event with more than 300 supporters.

The meetings were held as Unai looked to learn more about the club before he joins up with the majority of the first team next week.
The evening event saw fans get together with our head coach and chief executive, Ivan Gazidis, with a number of staff from the football operations team including head of football relations Raul Sanllehi, head of recruitment Sven Mislintat and contract negotiator, Huss Fahmy.
The evening included a chance for fans to see our new head coach and get an insight into the season ahead.


‘You’ll see a new Arsenal, a new way’

When David O’Leary was just one year into his record-breaking career with us, Bertie Mee’s decade in charge came to an end. 

Our 1971 Double-winning manager was replaced by Terry Neill - the second of four full-time managers O’Leary played under during his 18 years with us. 

This summer brings the first ‘new chapter’ since 1996, so how significantly different can we expect the post-Arsène Wenger era to be?

“Alex Ferguson left Manchester United and Arsene Wenger’s left here - you will never see that again and you’ll never see two people like that be in so much power of the football club,” O’Leary told Arsenal.com. “I think you will see a new Arsenal, a new way and we’ve already seen that Arsène Wenger was the manager and Unai Emery is not the manager, he’s the coach. 

“So there’s already a new change of ways and a new way of doing things. If a load of people have been at a place for 22 years, whoever comes in after 22 years, there is going to be a change because people get so used to a certain way of doing things for so long. So there will be new staff coming in and only time will tell.

“I hope that they will be successful and I’m sure he [Emery] will have a lot of new ideas and new ways of doing things. It’s whether the players that he inherits jump to that or they’ve got so used to another way of doing things. 

“That will be a big thing as well to decide. I hope the players there will think ‘Great, new bunch of ideas. Yes, we like these ideas’ and the club goes forward from there.”


‘Emery has got a specific vision on the pitch’

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.”