Unai Emery, Arsenal’s new manager, has said that his first mission is to chase down Premier League champions, Manchester City.
The Spaniard, who was appointed on Wednesday, has expressed confidence in his current crop of players knowing he will have little money, around £50 million, to spend in the transfer market.
”That is our objective (to catch Manchester City), Arsenal is a club with fantastic personality and identity and I believe and the club has shown me that they believe,” Emery said.
”It is about showing that personality and showing the stature of this football club.
”What we want to do is not fear any team neither here in the Premier League or in Europe and our objective is to be among the best and to beat the best.
”I think it is about having belief in the players. We have got a strong nucleus.
”I’m the type of coach who has always worked really hard, not because I do it better than anyone else but because that is what I believe the most important thing is.
”I’m very demanding of myself, I’m passionate and I really want to transmit that to the people around me – that we can, and must, improve in the future.
”’That is the kind of thing I want to transmit, that desire to be better and I think that will lead us to improve in the Premier League and in Europe.”
Emery takes over from Arsene Wenger, who announced his exit after spending 22 years at the North London club. The former Paris Saint Germain coach will be tasked with restoring the Gunners to the Champions League, a competition they will miss for the second consecutive year after finishing sixth behind Chelsea.