Arsenal’s Head of High-Performance Darren Burgess has revealed the main differences between Arsene Wenger and Unai Emery (via Fox Sports).
It has been a period of tremendous change for Arsenal supporters and that must have been felt even deeper by the Gunners’ players.
Arsene Wenger left the club and his replacement, Unai Emery has brought in a whole new coaching team to London Colney.
One man who stayed throughout was Darren Burgess, the club’s Head of High-Performance and now, the Australian expert has revealed the differences between Wenger and Emery.
“It’s been a huge change, maybe not as dramatic for me because I’ve only been there for a year but it’s certainly been different in a number of ways,” Burgess told Fox.
“It’s been a real summer of change and very different with differing philosophies on training and how to work and how to prepare.
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“It’s been a real challenge to learn a new way of doing things especially for me having just learnt Arsene’s way and now being in the process of learning Unai’s way of doing things.
“A lot of people have commented on how different it feels, even visually around the place there’s been change. But it’s been good so far, pre-season has finished so now all roads lead to Manchester City and that first game.”
The two managers have a lot of differences but Burgess has insisted that they have a lot in common too.
“Like Arsene he’s a workaholic, he’s always watching film of training or the opposition. He’s never not analysing even in the lead up to friendly games.
“He’s got a very dry sense of humour and is unbelievably passionate and the training sessions are extremely up-tempo and full of instructions and hands on.
“He’s passionate about playing football a certain way and he really wants Arsenal to play that way. It’s been great getting to know him.”
It must be strange being inside Arsenal right now after so many years of Arsene Wenger. Let’s see how this translates to results on the pitch.