Unai Emery defends Arsenal away form mentality as Gunners prepare for Watford

Unai Emery Arsenal 2018-19

Unai Emery Arsenal 2018-19

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has revealed it was a conversation with Watford boss Javi Gracia that convinced him to take over from Arsene Wenger at the Emirates Stadium.

PSG star Angel di Maria says coach Thomas Tuchel and Arsenal boss Unai Emery are very different.

"So when the possibility opened up to sign here, the first coach, the first person in the football world I called was him", Emery said of Gracia.

Asked if poor results away from home were due to a psychological problem, the Spaniard replied: 'But we are fourth at the moment and we are playing to be in the top four. We spoke about football here, English football and their experience because they were here six months before us.

"One day, I also met with David Silva in Valencia past year and he said to me: 'coach, if you can, come to England, it is the best football and the best atmosphere for you also".

"They are my friends, not only Javi Gracia but also his assistant Zigor Aranalde and Inigo Arteaga".

The Gunners have won only five of their 15 Premier League games on the road this season, with three of those victories coming at the sides in the relegation zone.

"I think we are showing we are competitive and have a good mentality", Emery said.

"They are a very organised team, with a big capacity offensively because they create a good movement and a good idea, a good style to take that".

Arsenal meanwhile are preparing for their Premier League clash with Watford on Monday night.

"I know Javi Gracia and above all his teams are very organised with a big commitment to helping each other", Emery added.

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