New Arsenal manager Unai Emery has arrived at the club’s London Colney training complex for the first time since his appointment.
The 46-year-old Emery, who left Paris Saint-Germain this summer after two years in Ligue 1, has replaced Arsene Wenger as boss at the Emirates Stadium on a three-year contract worth £5million a year.
And having been presented at the Emirates on Wednesday, the Spaniard was seen paying his first visit the the place where the majority of his work will be done.
New Arsenal manager Unai Emery arrives at the club’s London Colney training complex on Thursday morning
The had a huge smile on his face as he made his way into the training ground for the first time since his appointment
Emery chats with Arsenal’s Head Of Football Relations Raul Sanllehi (left) as he inspects the facilities at the training ground
Arsenal took to Twitter to share a video of their new boss who was all smiles as he made his way inside, captioning: ‘Unai Emery arriving for his first day at the training ground’.
Joined by chief executive Ivan Gazidis and Head Of Football Relations Raul Sanllehi, Emery wore a huge smile on his face as he inspected the facilities on offer at the state-of-the-art venue.
Guided by Head Of Facilities Sean O’Connor, the former Paris Saint-Germain manager was then taken to meet injured defender Laurent Koscielny, who is working on his recovery following an operation on a ruptured Achilles.
The pair looked please to meet one-another as they engaged in an animated conservation before Emery made his way to the tactics room.
The Spaniard shakes hands with injured French defender Laurent Koscielny (left) as Ivan Gazidis (centre) watches on
The pair looked pleased to meet one-another as they chatted animatedly in the medical treatment section of the complex
The new Gunners boss then proceeded to pretend to use the interactive whiteboard as he imagined what it would be like to issue instructions to his new set of players.
Arsenal broke the news of their new manager just after 9am on Wednesday morning, proclaiming that Emery’s announcement marked: ‘A new dawn. A new era. A new chapter.’
The Spaniard was then formally unveiled at a press conference after being given a tour of the Emirates by Gunners chief executive Ivan Gazidis.
‘I am thrilled to be joining one of the great clubs in the game,’ Emery said as he addressed the media. ‘Arsenal is known and loved throughout the world for its style of play, its commitment to young players, the fantastic stadium, the way the club is run.
Emery seemed impressed as he made his way around the training ground with a cup of coffee in his hand
‘I’m very excited to be given the responsibility to start this important new chapter in Arsenal’s history. I have met Stan and Josh Kroenke and it’s clear they have great ambitions for the club and are committed to bringing future success.
‘I’m excited about what we can do together and I look forward to giving everyone who loves Arsenal some special moments and memories.’
The former Paris Saint Germain boss is also adamant his team can still go toe-to-toe with English football’s elite next season.
The 46-year-old was joined by the ground’s Head Of Facilities Sean O’Connor (left) as he looked round the tactics room
Emery imagines what it will be like to issue instructions to his players as he pretends to use the interactive television
‘That is our objective (to catch Manchester City), Arsenal is a club with fantastic personality and identity and I believe and the club has shown me that they believe,’ Emery said.
‘It is about showing that personality and showing the stature of this football club.
‘What we want to do is not fear any team neither here in the Premier League or in Europe and our objective is to be among the best and to beat the best.
The former Paris Saint-Germain boss chats with chief executive Gazidis as they made their way to the training pitches
‘I’m the type of coach who has always worked really hard, not because I do it better than anyone else but because that is what I believe the most important thing is.
‘I’m very demanding of myself, I’m passionate and I really want to transmit that to the people around me – that we can, and must, improve in the future.
‘That is the kind of thing I want to transmit, that desire to be better and I think that will lead us to improve in the Premier League and in Europe.’
UNAI EMERY – MANAGER FACTFILE
Born: Hondarribia, Spain on November 3, 1971
Started at Real Sociedad, playing five La Liga games at left wing before making his name with Toledo in the second tier, where he would spent the bulk of his career.
2005-06: Lorca Deportiva
Promotion to second division for first time in club’s history
Promotion to top flight for first time in club’s history
Achieved three successive third-place La Liga finishes
2012: Spartak Moscow
Lost 11 games in a disappointing six months. Sacked after 5-1 home defeat to Dynamo Moscow.
Won three successive Europa League trophies
2016-18: Paris Saint-Germain
Won the domestic treble
P719 W385 D155 L179 Win:53.5 per cent
Europa League (x3): 2014, 2015, 2016
Ligue 1: 2017-18
French Cup (x2): 2017, 2018
French League Cup (x2): 2017, 2018
French Super Cup (x2): 2016, 2017