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Unai Emery insists English must be spoken in Arsenal dressing room despite own struggles with the language

Gunners boss refuses to use interpreter as he tries to achieve fluent English by the end of the year

Unai Emery is insisting on English being spoken in the Arsenal dressing room – despite his own struggles to speak the language.

Gunners boss Emery is still trying to master the the art of speaking English after joining the club in the summer.

The Mirror claim the 46-year-old Spaniard believes it is disrespectful if he doesn’t use the native language of the country he is working in.

Unai Emery insists on speaking in English to his Arsenal players

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Unai Emery insists on speaking in English to his Arsenal players

That means he addresses his players in English without using an interpreter – even though at times he still struggles to find the right words.

The former Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain manager is putting himself under pressure deliberately as he looks to achieve his target of becoming fluent in the new language by the end of 2018.

He has a full-time English teacher who is based at the club’s London Colney training ground and takes lessons daily.

Emery believe it is disrespectful to speak another language when he is talking to his group

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Emery believe it is disrespectful to speak another language when he is talking to his group

The Arsenal boss is also accompanied by an interpreter when he attends press conferences, although only as a safeguard if he cannot find the right words when he speaks in English.

It is claimed that the only time he uses the language of some of his international players is when he speaks to them one on one.

Emery is gradually changing the culture of a club that had been shaped from top to bottom by former boss Arsene Wenger.

The Frenchman departed at the end of last season

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The Frenchman departed at the end of last season

And one major difference in his approach will be how seriously he takes playing in the Europa League.

Wenger steered his side to the semi-finals of the competition last season, but in the early rounds he made big changes to his side to rest his senior stars.

Emery, who won the tournament three times with Sevilla, has hinted he will not be so dismissive.

He said: “After the Champions League, the Europa League is the most important competition. If teams cannot play in the Champions League, it is very important.

Unai Emery was unveiled as Arsene Wengers successor last week

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Three shirts, three Europa League titles

“I have proven with my experience to know the best way to manage the players.

“Now it is very important for me to think first the match against Newcastle, we need to win the three points, and then think the same for the Europa League.

“My idea first isn’t to change 11 players for one competition and the next competition. Each match is giving us information for how we can play.”


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