Unai Emery has wasted no time in declaring his ambitions for Arsenal. The new Arsenal Head Coach wasn’t to see Arsenal return to Champions League football, to, challenge there while also re-asserting the Gunners as genuine Premier League title contenders. Speaking at his first Arsenal press conference, the slick Emery cast an aura of confidence and freshness injetected into the club following the culmination of the 22 year Arsene Wenger reign.

Emery said “I believe the players who are here, the objective is to work together, to work hard with this talent. The target is to be a candidate and to challenge for the title. It is very important for the club after two years outside the Champions League to work this way, to be the best club, the best team in the Premier League and also in the world.”

Following recent seasons of frustration where football seemed to be stuttering under Arsene Wenger, fans can get excited about the promise of a new post Wenger era, and Emery is up for the challenge to deliver

“It’s a great challenge. In my career, every year I’ve grown up with a new challenge. For me, the challenge is a dream come true. I think that’s about battling for every title. That’s something that’s in Arsenal’s history, it’s in my history as well and I want that to continue. Our objective is to be among the best in Europe, so those are the two objectives. I also want the team to make the fans proud. I know they are already but I want them to be even more so ” said Emery who said that his team should develop and improve.

” We want to work to improve individually and collectively all we can. All the titles are important for us. I think we can, and we want to be candidates for them. I don’t promise today we will win, but I can promise you that we will work hard, we will together and we will work with emotion, with demands to find all the results.”

The 46 year old former Paris Saint-Germain coach fits th new narrative in world football where Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino have established sway. Emery says that he is relishing coming up against his new challengers.

“I’m thinking about the present and the future. In terms of my past experience, that makes me feel stronger and it also allows me to have a guide in terms of my future trajectory. I’m very excited to be here, very excited to compete against some top coaches and very excited to play against some top teams.

“I have to say that right now, the Premier League is right at the top. Everyone wants to be in the best leagues. I speak with a lot of coaches, those are private conversations, but now that I am here, all information is welcome.”

Having won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups, Emery knows that Wenger will be a tought act to follow, but one which he will be ready for.

“It’s a big challenge for me but I’ve also worked with other big projects. For me, I am proud to be here, to work after Arsène Wenger.”