Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s teammate pleased with work of team’s new coach

Arsenal’s defender Nacho Monreal  said that he likes the work of the team’s new head coach Unai Emery.

The former Paris Saint-Germain boss replaced Arsene Wenger in the summer and is seeking his third consecutive victory when Arsenal travel to Newcastle on Saturday.

Emery has introduced more rigorous training sessions and a pitchside gym to keep players working continuously in an effort to improve overall fitness and sharpness.

“In training, he likes that every single player gives his 100 per cent in any moment,” said Monreal. “Training is one hour and a half, [maybe] one hour 40, whatever, [and] all the time we must give our best performance. If we have to run, we have to do it, don’t save any energy.

“After that, he loves that we enjoy and have a good atmosphere in the group. While we are training, it is ‘come on guys, do everything’ and after you will have time to relax and enjoy with your team-mates. It is good for the team.

“That [the pitchside gym] is what they did on the first day. I wasn’t here but I saw it. At the moment, we haven’t used it too much so that’s a good point for us!

“But both managers like to have the ball, have long possessions and protect the ball during the games. Probably with Unai Emery, we work more tactically. He is a Spanish coach and in Spain we work a lot on tactics, set-pieces – I think we are improving in this aspect.

“This is our idea for this year – have more possession, don’t lose stupid balls in the middle of the pitch and be more compact than how we were before.”