New Arsenal boss Unai Emery paid tribute to Arsene Wenger before revealing his aims during his first press conference.
The Gunners officially confirmed the appointment of Unai Emery as their new head coach on Wednesday morning.
Emery spent three seasons at LaLiga side Sevilla, leading them to three consecutive Europa League titles before joining PSG, where he spent two years.
“Thank you Ivan, Raul and Sven. The first meeting with Arsenal personnel was with people who, after three hours, I had a very good feeling that we will work together and create a new present and future for Arsenal,” Emery told a packed Emirates press room.
He also thanked Arsene Wenger: “For all coaches in the world you are a reference. I learned with him all the things in football.”
“My English is not the very best now and I want to make an effort to speak with you to explain my ambition. I am very excited for this opportunity at a big club, a great city and stadium.
“In my career every year I grow up with a new challenge. For me the challenge is a dream come true.
“In all the meetings with the people – Ivan, Raul, Sven – the connection was very important. We spoke about all they want and I want to work together, on this club, this responsibility. To know my ambition, my passion. It is a big responsibility but I think this feeling is very important and my experiences with big clubs are important. All the conversations are very good.”
Emery also addressed his immediate priorities upon joining the Gunners.
“Now? To know you. And all the conversations with Ivan and people who work here, to give me all the information about the club. I know all the players, I think they are very important and I want to speak individually with them face to face.”
The former PSG coach remained coy when asked about the future of Jack Wilshere: “I don’t want to speak about any of the players today. We think we need to change little things. Today I want to work, want to speak globally for the squad.”
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