'Mockery is out of hand': radio host defends Emery's English
- Natalie Sawyer of Talksport has come out to slam those who are poking fun at the manager's language skills.
- Sawyer says that the Arsenal manager should be praised for not using an interpreter.
- She added that it's especially uncomfortable when broadcasters are mocking Emery, in an apparent jab to Gary Lineker.
"Something that is really getting to me is the amount of ridicule he is getting on social media – I mean, everywhere in fact – for the way he speaks," Sawyer said.
"Even celebrated broadcasters are getting involved and mocking him, you could say, and it’s started to make me feel a bit uncomfortable.
"Emery is coming out and fronting the media every time and he doesn’t have an interpreter – he is just going for it.
"Let’s think back to Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds, or Mauricio Pochettino, when he first moved to Southampton and then went to Tottenham, who had a translator for ages.
"There is nothing wrong with that at all – if you are not comfortable speaking a second language I can fully understand having an interpreter. That is fine.
"But Unai Emery doesn’t have a translator; he has decided, ‘I am going to go out and speak and do my best to speak in what is not my native language’.
"Okay, maybe at times you might not quite understand what he is saying, but it is getting to a point where it’s getting a bit out of hand when people are constantly mocking him."
On Saturday, one of England's biggest football TV stars, Gary Lineker, made fun of Emery's 'ebening' on Twitter.
The manager's poor English has been a hot topic in recent weeks as the team entered the crisis. The Independent claim that even some of Arsenal players are openly making fun of Emery while some pundits suggested that there's a communication problem at the club as the players struggle to understand the manager and vice versa.