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Juan Mata has spoken of his admiration for Arsenal manager Unai Emery as reports suggest he could make a shock switch to the Gunners.
The Gunners are reportedly considering making an offer to the Spaniard whose Manchester United contract is set to expire next summer.
Should Mata arrive in north London, he would be a familiar face for Emery who worked with the playmaker during his time as Valencia manager.
In a new biography, 30-year-old Mata spoke about the Arsenal boss: “I think what’s special about Unai is the way he communicates.
“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.”
Mata has won the Europa League twice and the UEFA Champions League since moving to England in 2011. However, he’s been mostly a frustrated figure at Old Trafford since he swapped West London for Manchester in January 2014.