Paris Saint-Germain manager Unai Emery is jealous of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger because of his longevity at the club.
The Frenchman has taken charge at Arsenal in 1996 and is set to complete 20 years at the club later this month. Wenger has been hailed as one of the greatest managers ever in the game and have been the face of Arsenal for the last 20 years.
He has achieved some unbelievable things with Arsenal as he has gone on to win the league without losing the game in so called ‘invincible season’. The new PSG boss insists Wenger is one of the top managers.
PSG are set to play Arsenal after having a quiet start under Emery as they have lost to Monaco and dropped points against Saint Etienne going into the game. While Gunners go into the game after winning consecutive Premier League games.
Emery said: “I’ve been at coaches’ meeting for the last five years and seen Wenger. I’m 44, quite young, and trying to learn still. But I’ve been speaking with the best coaches in Europe over that time and that includes Wenger.
“I have a lot of respect for his longevity. It’s not very common – there was Sir Alex Ferguson – but we’d all like to be in a similar situation to Arsene Wenger.”
The encounter is going to be tougher for PSG as the likes of Lucas Moura, Thiago Silva, Javier Pastore and few others are still facing fitness problems ahead of the clash.
“I’m the coach. So, when we win matches, there are positive press and when we lose there is criticism. That is always the case. I’m also very self-critical and learn a lot as well from this process of self-criticism.
“That’s always been the case. I focus on the work I have to do in terms of patience and precision in my work.”
“Obviously it’s important all the players are fully fit. We have our final session later today: Thiago Silva, Maxwell, Pastore… yesterday’s training session was more positive for me because everyone made it clear they wanted to be involved. That pleased me,” Emery added.