Manchester United star Juan Mata has spoken about life under Unai Emery following their time together at Valencia.
The Spaniard spent four years with Arsenal manager at Mestalla before leaving for a career in the Premier League, where he has since represented Chelsea and the Red Devils.
The former Spain international, who has been linked with an end-of-season move to Emirates Stadium, says that he admires the way his former head coach goes about his business.
“I think what’s special about Unai is the way he communicates,” he said in a new biography about the Arsenal manager. “In his talks, he used to write three, four or five things on the board: those were the points he was going to bring up.
“Sometimes it was five phrases or metaphors he was going to explain. I’ve never seen that with my other managers. They usually revolved around phrases about positivity, camaraderie, the values he wanted to create in his team.
“He communicated by means of the points he had written down. His talks could go on and on because he didn’t notice the time, but what he said was always intense, and he would ask you questions. It became a kind of seminar.”