Arsenal boss Unai Emery has mentioned Manchester Metropolis midfielder David Silva inspired him to hunt a job within the Premier League.
Emery’s contract was not renewed after two seasons accountable for Paris Saint-Germain and was appointed as supervisor of the London membership in Could.
“On the finish of final season, I met David Silva in an elevator in Valencia and he mentioned: ‘Coach if you happen to can, it’s best to go to England,'” Emery informed Cadena Cope radio after Wednesday’s 2-2 draw at Manchester United.
Silva, who labored beneath Emery for 2 seasons at Valencia earlier than signing for Metropolis in 2010, was not the primary to sing the praises of the Premier League to the Spanish coach.
“I keep in mind when [Spanish goalkeeper] Cesar arrived at Valencia after a season at Tottenham and he informed me that if at some point I may, I ought to go to the Premier League,” Emery mentioned.
And the 47-year-old has no regrets over making the change to the Emirates Stadium.
“I can solely say very optimistic issues of my keep right here from the primary day thus far,” Emery mentioned. “I’ve discovered lots of help relating to the day-to-day.
“They’re very respectful. The teaching employees may be very comfortable right here. It is a very aggressive league. Every staff has good qualities and I am actually having fun with it.”
Wednesday’s outcome left Arsenal in fifth place within the league standings, 10 factors adrift of defending champions Metropolis.
“It’s extremely tough,” Emery mentioned, when requested if any staff can problem Metropolis for the title this season. “He [Pep Guardiola] has created an unimaginable staff.
“They play marvellous soccer. They’re proving in England that they’re very tough to beat.”