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Arsenal Boss Unai Emery Was Convinced About Premier League by David Silva

Manchester City midfielder David Silva has had a massive impact in the English Premier League, and it would seem he has helped out Arsenal by convincing former Paris-Saint Germain man Unai Emery to take up the job in London.

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Updated:December 6, 2018, 7:48 PM IST
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Manchester City midfielder David Silva has had a massive impact in the English Premier League, and it would seem he has helped out Arsenal by convincing former Paris-Saint Germain man Unai Emery to take up the job in London.

Emery, who was in charge of PSG for two seasons, moved to the Emirates after his contract was not renewed in Paris.

"At the end of last season, I met David Silva in an elevator in Valencia and he said: 'Coach if you can, you should go to England,'" Emery told Cadena Cope radio after Wednesday's 2-2 draw at Manchester United.

Both Silva and Emery had worked together for a couple of years at Valencia before the midfield magician moved to the Premier League with Man City in 2010.

"I remember when [Spanish goalkeeper] Cesar arrived at Valencia after a season at Tottenham and he told me that if one day I could, I should go to the Premier League," Emery said.

Emery, who has been instrumental in turning around the fortunes of a previously struggling Arsenal, has no regrets over making the move to the Emirates.

"I can only say very positive things of my stay here from the first day up to now," Emery said. "I have found a lot of support when it comes to the day-to-day.

"They are very respectful. The coaching staff is very happy here. It's a very competitive league. Each team has good qualities and I'm really enjoying it."

Emery’s Arsenal drew 2-2 at Old Trafford against traditional arch-rivals Manchester United which now leaves them 10 points behind Silva’s Man City at fifth on the table.

"It's very difficult," Emery said, when asked if any team can challenge City for the title this season. "He [Pep Guardiola] has created an incredible team.

"They play marvellous football. They are proving in England that they are very difficult to beat."

Emery’s next assignment will be at home when Huddersfield visit on Saturday.

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| Edited by: Suyash Upadhyaya
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