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Arsenal legend Martin Keown has claimed that Unai Emery has overturned one of Arsene Wenger’s 10 commandments – and the players will be in “shock”.
The pundit and former defender explained in the Daily Mail how the former manager’s philosophy was built around a series of rules, including never to “bark orders at his players from the sidelines”.
“His view was that when players had the ball, that was their moment to shine,” Keown said. “He did not want to overload them with information.
“It is why Unai Emery’s dynamic demeanour — which was in full flow against Watford — will have come as a shock to the Arsenal players. In the first few weeks of the season, they seemed to be taking their manager’s instructions too literally. Now, they are feeding off his energy.
“By being so animated, Emery is showing the desire, passion and work ethic he wants from his players. Wenger’s approach from the touchline was one of nurture. His successor is more demanding.”