Unai Emery sought advice from Javi Gracia before taking Arsenal job

15 Avril, 2019, 17:15 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Unai Emery sought advice from Javi Gracia before taking Arsenal job

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has revealed it was a conversation with Watford boss Javi Gracia that convinced him to take over from Arsene Wenger at the Emirates Stadium.

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As quoted by the Daily Express, Emery explained: "So when the possibility opened up to sign here, the first coach, the first person in the football world I called was him (Gracia)".

"Yes sometimes", Emery replied when asked if he met up with Gracia away from football.

"They are my friends, not only Javi Gracia but also his assistant Zigor Aranalde and Inigo Arteaga".

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Emery continued: "For example, we had dinner, their coaches and our coaches, one day in St Albans in September. We know the assistant coaches and Javi Gracia and we appreciate them".

After starting the season with defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea and with Arsenal finishing outside the Champions League places in the last two years, Emery is pleased to be heading into the final six league games of the season with the top four still in reach.

The Gunners have won only five of their 15 Premier League games on the road this season, with three of those victories coming at the sides in the relegation zone.

"They are very hard teams to battle because defensively they are very strong and this is now at Watford".

"This team have a good mentality and they are improving, we are improving and the table is giving us this answer - we are improving". Tuchel is very close to his players, he likes to joke with us, he's always laughing, and I think it's important for the team.

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