Unai Emery enjoyed his first day at London Colney, cameras swarming him as he took a tour of the extensive facilities on show at his new club’s training ground.
Emery was flanked by Ivan Gazidis and Raul Sanllehi throughout, as he was snapped not only by the media, but Arsenal’s own band of paps, as his first reactions to his new teaching area were caught and disseminated.
Of particular significance and interest to the Spaniard would have been the video area, as Emery is notorious for his use of video highlights to illuminate his teams of upcoming opponents weaknesses.
His extensive use of research goes far deeper than looking at prospective opponents however, as Ivan Gazidis revealed as they toured Colney;
“What was really impressive was when you scratched the surface to go deeper and deeper and deeper," he told Arsenal Player. "If we were speaking about one of our young players, if we targeted Ainsley Maitland-Niles for example, Unai knows Ainsley. He’s watched him, he’s familiar with his patterns of play, his capabilities, he’s very excited about his potential and was able to talk about how excited he was to work with Ainsley, to develop him as a player.”
"Very specifically, when you asked the follow-up question and the follow-up question and the follow-up question, you’d get more and more depth about how exactly he would do that, exactly how him and his team would work with an individual player to develop them into the best player they can possibly be and also within the team dynamic.
Emery was part of an eight man shortlist for the job, Gazidis revealed, and it is his attention to detail that not only gives him a head start in his new role, but it was this attribute that impressed so much and got him his new job’
"There are a lot of platitudes in the game of football, a lot, and people can speak at a surface level very easily to sound confident and impressive. What’s impressive to me is when you scratch through that and you get deeply involved in what exactly they mean."
Emery has a while to wait until his first match to see his charges on display, and in that time he will no doubt have learned much more. Exciting times indeed.