All eyes on Emery but Arsenal’s new manager remains unfazed
by Muhemmed Erfanulla s/o A A |September 25, 2018 -- Updated 1:11

Arsenal defeated Paris Saint Germain 5-1 during the second fixture of the International Champions Cup in Singapore.

The action was on the pitch but all eyes were on new Arsenal manager Unai Emery before his side took on Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) – his former employers – during the International Champions Cup in Singapore.

Emery, whose two-year contract at PSG was not renewed at the end of last season, was circumspect when asked about his time at the French club.

OFF TO A FLYER: Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette netted two goals in the club’s 5-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain during the International Champions Cup in Singapore. (PHOTO BY: NURSYAHINDAH BTE ABDUL RAZAH)

The action was on the pitch but all eyes were on new Arsenal manager Unai Emery before his side took on Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) – his former employers – during the International Champions Cup in Singapore.

Emery, whose two-year contract at PSG was not renewed at the end of last season, was circumspect when asked about his time at the French club.

Speaking before the game on July 28 at Singapore’s National Stadium, Emery said: “I am very grateful to PSG and I had good experiences and moments for my career. We are going to play against a big club with big players. Not every player is on the pitch because of holiday. But for me, we want to play for our preparation and I am also excited to meet my friends who worked with me back in PSG.”

The 46-year-old took over as Arsenal’s manager as he succeeded long-serving manager Arsène Wenger who left the London club after 22 years.

Even after Arsenal beat PSG 5-1, Emery said he remains focused on finding the best playing style for his new side. “It doesn’t change the idea, our mind, to improve in terms of tactical play and the pace of every player. It is important that there were no injuries and to give all players an opportunity to play,” he said.

“The result isn’t the most important to me,” Emery added. “My idea is to have a team with good spirit, energy and quality players.”

Arsenal has faced a tough start to the English Premier League. They lost 2-0 to champions Manchester City and is set to face London rivals Chelsea in the next game.

PUSHING PLAYERS TO THE LIMIT: Arsenal Manager Unai Emery (centre) directing training as he sets about on imposing his style of play for the London club. (PHOTO BY: GETTY IMAGES FOR ICC)

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