Arsenal manager Unai Emery has disclosed that his major worry before interviewing for the Gunners job was his inability to speak English fluently.
The former PSG and Sevilla manager was part of an eight-man shortlist drawn up by former Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis and eventually won the race to succeed Arsene Wenger who spent 22 years at the club.
Speaking to Marca, the Spaniard admitted that he thought his limited ability to speak English would go against him when discussing his ideas with Gazidis.
Emery said: “In the past, teams had already approached me with their decision made: Paris Saint-Germain, Sevilla, Valencia, Spartak Moscow, Almeria… I wasn’t used to being another candidate and putting my arguments across.
“I prepared for the meeting with my staff. I went into it with the doubts about my English, but they always said that this wouldn’t be a problem.
“And I spoke to them very naturally that day.”