Unai Emery believes there is no coach better than his long-time rival, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.Guardiola and Emery first clashed in the 2008-09 season, with the latter leading Valencia after guiding Almeria to success in the Spanish top-flight while the former was in his first season overseeing Barcelona.Emery’s side could only manage a point in their two meetings against Guardiola’s eventual league champions, and the current Arsenal boss remains winless in his career against his old rival. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? This Sunday will see Emery’s Gunners travel to the Etihad Stadium in hopes of finally breaking that streak, and looking to avenge the 2-0 defeat in London in August that started Emery’s tenure.And ahead of that match, Emery admitted he doesn’t think there’s a better coach out there than Guardiola.“I have analysed a lot of teams and coaches and I think it’s difficult to find one coach who is better than Guardiola,” Emery told reporters.“His career is a very big career. We started together. He started with the Barcelona second team, I started with Lorca and Almeria [In Spain’s third and second tiers].“I learned a lot looking at his team — it’s good to look at each other when we are coaches to learn different things between us. I think in his career he’s doing the best in all the coaches in the world.”Emery noted that while Guardiola frequently has had great players on his title winning teams at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City, he improves his charges at each stop.“He has had the possibility to take the best players at Barcelona, in Bayern and in City, little by little,” Emery added. “He is, every year, improving with great players and also paying a lot for some players. But he led them, at Barcelona, Bayern and City, one step more every place.“This, for me, is the quality that makes me say he is the best.”While Guardiola’s City side can boast having won the Premier League last season with a record number of points, Emery draws on inspiration for his Arsenal side from the reigning champions’ title rivals this season.Arsenal’s winter window was limited by finances as the club could only afford to bring players in on loan, which they did with Barcelona’s Denis Suarez.And rather than Manchester City, who are the league’s big spenders, Emery sees a better role model for the Gunners in Liverpool and Tottenham.“I remember three years ago, Liverpool were playing in the final of the Europa League [against his Sevilla side], they were in the top four in the Premier League, and their progress is very, very good progress and now they are the favourites,” he said.“Maybe Manchester City is a different example, because they bought a very important lot, with paying a lot and maybe we can’t do that now like that.“But we can also do one way similar to Liverpool, similar to Tottenham , doing more with young players, using well players who can improve with us. And we are doing that.”Suarez is in line for his Arsenal debut on Sunday, with some question over whether it will come at the expense of Mesut Ozil, who has been in and out of Emery’s side this season.However, the manager dismissed that line of thinking, saying Suarez fills a very different need out wide.“It’s no change for him [Ozil],” he said. ”Suarez is coming here because we have a lot of problems on the wing, we haven’t got players to play right or left – that is the reason.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
TORONTO — Onex Corp and its affiliates have sold their remaining 8.4 million shares of Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, Inc., a former Boeing manufacturing unit that makes major structures for commercial, military and business jets.Based on the Thursday closing price for Spirit’s shares at the New York Stock Exchange, the Onex Group’s shares would be worth US$304 million but the stock was sold at a slight discount — a common practice when large volumes are sold at once.Spirit AeroSystems were down 1.68% at US$35.60 on the New York Stock Exchange Friday. The company said the shares owned by the Onex Group were sold for $35.90 — a discount of 31 cents per share.In Toronto, Onex shares were down slightly Friday by 0.44% at $62.97. They hit a 52-week high of $63.54 on June 2.Toronto-based Onex is a highly diversified company, which invests on behalf of itself and partners in various industries. A significant portion of its profits come from the purchase and resale of companies after a period of control.Its sale of the remaining stake in Spirit AeroSystems follows the sale of The Warranty Group in a deal valued at US$1.5 billion to an affiliate of TPG Capital and an agreement to buy York Risk Services Group in a deal valued at US$1.325 billion.Onex and its affiliates originally acquired Spirit AeroSystems in June 2005.Over the following nine years, Onex and its affiliates have received US$3.2 billion in proceeds from the investment.Onex said Thursday that its own original investment in Spirit was US$108 million and its share of the proceeds since 2005, including $118 million of interest, totalled US$975 million.The sale was announced in Toronto by Onex senior managing director Seth Mersky and by Spirit from Wichita, Kan., where its main operations are located.Spirit said current and former members of its management would also be part of the secondary public offering of nearly 8.56 million class A common shares for $35.90 each.The Canadian Press