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Unai Emery – I want Arsenal ‘to be the best team in the Premier League – and also in the world’

PUBLISHED: 01:37 24 May 2018

New Arsenal manager Unai Emery (right) with chief executive Ivan Gazidis on the pitch after a press conference at the Emirates Stadium, London.

New Arsenal manager Unai Emery (right) with chief executive Ivan Gazidis on the pitch after a press conference at the Emirates Stadium, London.

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Arsenal unveiled new head coach Unai Emery at the Emirates on Wednesday. Read what the highly-rated former PSG boss said in his own words – as he spoke about wanting Arsenal to become the best team in the Premier League and ‘also in the world’.

Unai Emery - the new Arsenal coach at the Emirates. CREDIT: @laythy29Unai Emery - the new Arsenal coach at the Emirates. CREDIT: @laythy29

On his aims and targets…

It’s very important for the club to work to be the best team in the Premier League and also in the world.

I believe the players who are here, the objective is to work together, to work hard with this talent. The target is to be a candidate and to challenge for the title. It is very important for the club after two years outside the Champions League to work this way, to be the best club, the best team in the Premier League and also in the world.

Arsenal's Ivan Gazidis and new head coach Unai Emery (left) (pic: Mark Bryans/PA)Arsenal's Ivan Gazidis and new head coach Unai Emery (left) (pic: Mark Bryans/PA)

On how big the challenge of restoring glory at Arsenal really is…

It’s a great challenge. In my career, every year I’ve grown up with a new challenge. For me, the challenge is a dream come true.

On what would be success for him this season…

Developing - but how do you develop? I think that’s about battling for every title. That’s something that’s in Arsenal’s history, it’s in my history as well and I want that to continue. Our objective is to be among the best in Europe, so those are the two objectives. I also want the team to make the fans proud. I know they are already but I want them to be even more so.

On his plan to bring the Premier League and the Champions League to the club…

We want to work to improve individually and collectively all we can. All the titles are important for us. I think we can, and we want to be candidates for them. I don’t promise today we will win, but I can promise you that we will work hard, we will together and we will work with emotion, with demands to find all the results.

On how much he will relish facing Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho…

I’m thinking about the present and the future. In terms of my past experience, that makes me feel stronger and it also allows me to have a guide in terms of my future trajectory. I’m very excited to be here, very excited to compete against some top coaches and very excited to play against some top teams. I have to say that right now, the Premier League is right at the top. Everyone wants to be in the best leagues. I speak with a lot of coaches, those are private conversations, but now that I am here, all information is welcome.

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