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Julian Draxler’s comments on Unai Emery will do little to ease Arsenal fans’ concerns

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Julian Draxler’s comments on Unai Emery will do little to ease Arsenal fans’ concerns

One of the main criticisms of Unai Emery from Arsenal fans appears to be his communication skills.

Admirably, Emery heads into interviews and press conferences without a translator, but he struggles to get his message across clearly.

There have also been reports that Emery’s players have difficulty understand him, with youngster Bukayo Saka admitting he regularly turns to assistant coach Freddie Ljungberg (Evening Standard), whose command of the English language is much better.

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And it would seem that Emery had the same kind of issues at Paris Saint-Germain judging by comments made by Julian Draxler.

The £36 million German (BBC Sport) said of his former boss: “Under Unai Emery, I realised that playing abroad was different.

“I consider him a very good coach, but with him the communication was sometimes not that easy.


“When you talk to Thomas [Tuchel] and he clearly tells you in two sentences in German what is good and what is not good, that is certainly an advantage.”

TBR’s view – Emery’s pride appears to be an issue

It would seem that Emery’s reluctance to use a translator right now is to the detriment of the team.

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In games the players can look lost and it is a wonder whether instructions from the manager have been fully understood.

Draxler’s admission will be a worry for Arsenal supporters, who are rapidly losing patience with Emery.

Perhaps the reason Emery was so successful at Spanish club Sevilla was that communication there would have been far easier.

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