Smith expects 'chess match' vs Emery

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith ready for ‘chess match’ vs Unai Emery

Dean Smith is ready for a chess match against Unai Emery as Aston Villa face Arsenal at the Emirate on Sunday.

Smith studied Gunners boss Unai Emery during his UEFA Pro Licence course, watching the Spaniard’s tactics and management when he was in charge at Valencia.

Smith said: “I did my Pro Licence and went to do a study visit at Valencia when he was there. Then we played a pre-season friendly against Arsenal when I was at Brentford and then we drew them in the League Cup last year (losing 3-1). We’ve had some good games against him already.

“He has a wealth of experience at the top level and it’ll be another chess match this weekend.