Nacho Monreal reveals the difference between Unai Emery and Arsene Wenger

Posted Thursday, September 13, 2018 by

Nacho Monreal reveals the difference between Unai Emery and Arsene Wenger

ARSENAL ace Nacho Monreal has lifted the lid on life under Unai Emery in comparison to Arsene Wenger’s tenure in north London.

Arsenal experienced a summer of change with Emery replacing Wenger in the dugout after the Frenchman stepped down in May.

Emery quickly set about freshening up the squad he inherited from his predecessor, with five fresh faces welcome to the Emirates.

Monreal was linked with a move away as the new regime took hold but stayed and has played in three of Arsenal’s first four Premier League games.

The defender is well placed to make a comparison between Emery and the legendary Gunners boss he replaced.

And he’s revealed the difference in approach between the duo, particularly at Arsenal’s London Colney training ground.

"In training, he likes that every single player gives his 100 per cent in any moment," Monreal told the London Evening Standard.

"Training is one hour and a half, [maybe] one hour 40, whatever, [and] all the time we must give our best performance.

"If we have to run, we have to do it, don’t save any energy.

"After that, he loves that we enjoy and have a good atmosphere in the group.

"While we are training, it is: ‘Come on guys, do everything’ and after you will have time to relax and enjoy with your team-mates.

"It is good for the team.

"That [the pitchside gym] is what they did on the first day.

"I wasn’t here but I saw it.

"At the moment, we haven’t used it too much so that’s a good point for us!

"But both managers [Emery and Wenger] like to have the ball, have long possessions and protect the ball during the games.

"Probably with Unai Emery, we work more tactically.

"He is a Spanish coach and in Spain we work a lot on tactics, set-pieces – I think we are improving in this aspect.

"This is our idea for this year – have more possession, don’t lose stupid balls in the middle of the pitch and be more compact than how we were before."

Nacho Monreal and co. bounced back from defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea by beating West Ham and Cardiff before the international break.

And Emery’s men will be eager to get another three points on the board when they travel to Newcastle on Sunday.

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