Arsenal boss Unai Emery wants his side to improve and develop under his stewardship and he wants to learn to smile more along the way. Emery turns 47 on Saturday and will be hoping to toast his birthday with victory over Liverpool – the side he beat in the 2016 Europa League final in his last match in charge of Sevilla.
He beat Jurgen Klopp’s Reds in Basel that night and Emery admits he wants to smile as much as his counterpart.
Liverpool had finished sixth in the previous season when Klopp arrived in October 2015 but have now developed into a side capable of reaching the Champions League final and challenging at the top of the Premier League.
Arsene Wenger could only take Arsenal to sixth in his final season at the helm and, asked if he will need as much time as Klopp to turn the Gunners into title contenders, Emery was complimentary of the German.
“I want to do quickly our best performance but I know we need one process,” he added. “I know we need one time for improving and development. I want to enjoy it every day. I look at Klopp and he smiles every day, I want to smile like him.
“A smile is better when you win. We need to do things positive, with smiling and then with enjoying but also enjoying and working. “I need to learn also to smile more. When we win it’s more easy. I need also to smile at other moments. “But our work is very demanding work for us. Every day we need to be very, very prepared for each match.”