Emery ready to ‘adapt’ to Cardiff tac­tics and fix woe­ful away form

The Sunday Telegraph - Sport - - Sam Wallace - By Sam Dean

Unai Emery wants to cre­ate a “new present and a new fu­ture” for Ar­se­nal on the road as he looks to re­verse the ter­ri­ble away form that blighted Arsene Wenger’s fi­nal sea­son.

The Gun­ners had to wait un­til the fi­nal game of last sea­son to claim their first away win of 2018, after los­ing seven con­sec­u­tive matches on their trav­els from Jan­uary on­wards.

The club face Cardiff City look­ing for their first away points un­der Emery, who went an en­tire sea­son with­out a league vic­tory on the road in his fi­nal sea­son as Sevilla man­ager in 2015/16.

“My thoughts are only on how we can win,” Emery said. “It is not to think about the past. My con­cen­tra­tion with play­ers is the next match, fo­cus only to work for the next match and how we can win. It’s clear, the data, but I want to write a new data, a new present, a new fu­ture with Ar­se­nal and play­ers.”

Emery will be ready for Cardiff ’s long-ball ap­proach, say­ing he has reg­u­larly set his teams up to play di­rect foot­ball in the past. He added that he wants his side to “con­trol” the game.

“We need to adapt to their idea,” the Ar­se­nal head coach said of Neil Warnock’s side.

“But all the re­spect from me for this idea. In Spain I played it of­ten in mo­ments like that be­cause I thought it was the best way for us to win. It de­pends on the squad, the play­ers.”

On Warnock’s com­bustible touch­line de­meanour, Emery added: “He is very com­pet­i­tive and I like it. I like this spirit. I think in foot­ball you need to be com­pet­i­tive, you need qual­ity, you need to be or­gan­ised and to push. His ca­reer is a good ca­reer for that.”

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