Arsenal manager Unai Emery took a sly jab at former United manager David Moyes. He has insisted that he will not ‘do a Moyes’ at the Emirates.
The Spaniard has taken over from the role left by longtime manager Arsène Wenger. The Frenchman was in charge of the Gunners for nearly 22 years.
This situation seemingly mirrors that of Manchester United when long-time manager Sir Alex Ferguson departed after 27 seasons.
However, Emery has boldly claimed that he won’t be getting sacked after just 10 months like Moyes did back in 2013.
“This is different to United,” he said.
“I have my personality, we have our ideas and I want to give us confidence to be stronger in working this way.
“I said at the first press conference at the Emirates, for me I have high respect for Arsène.
“In Nyon every year, he spoke and the other coaches were quiet and listened to him.
“I am going to do my work here, but respecting many, many things here that he did well.”
Emery’s first game as Arsenal manager got off to the perfect start as they beat Boreham Wood 8-0 in their opening pre-season encounter.
Moyes was meant to be a long-term appointment but lasted just 10 months in the side. Meanwhile, his successor, Louis van Gaal also struggled to replace Ferguson.
Ferguson’s final season at United saw him earn his 13th Premier League title, while Wenger’s final campaign brought a sixth-place finish.
Emery plans to deviate away from the tradition of appointing five captains. He believes that this is not the same situation.
‘With my actions each day I want to give the players a way that is different,’ he said. ‘It’s not better, it’s not worse.
‘It’s just a different moment for this club to start thinking we can all work together in one good way.