Arsenal boss Unai Emery is watching Peaky Blinders to learn English

by learn a language journalist

Arsenal are gearing up for a mouthwatering derby clash against Tottenham on Sunday afternoon and if manager Unai Emery has been paying attention, he might have a few new catchphrases to use.

The Spaniard, who took over from Arsene Wenger this season, revealed recently that he’s improving his English by watching Peaky Blinders.

The BBC hit show, set in in Birmingham after the first World War, has become immensely popular all over the world.

Centred around the Shelby family, gangsters who run the city, Emery says he likes the show, even if it’s quite violent.

“It [Peaky Blinders] is good but it is difficult [to understand] from Birmingham. And it’s very aggressive. But it’s good, it’s good,” Emery said.

The Peaky Blinders were a real gang, according to reports. However, where they got their name form is disputed. The show depicts the gang as having razor blades sewn underneath their flat caps. The caps are then used as a weapon, which makes for some of the violent scenes the Arsenal boss might be referring to.

Other historians are sceptical, though, and aren’t convinced the razor blade in the cap was a thing. Either way, it makes for pretty entertaining TV.

The show features an all-star cast, including Cillian Murphy as the lead Tommy Shelby, Tom Hardy and Helen McCrory. Season five of the show is currently being filmed and due for release next year. 

The soundtrack is pretty bomb, too. It features Nick Cave, Laura Marling and the Arctic Monkeys, amongst others.

Peaky Blinders – some quotes

If you’re not familiar with the show and wondering if you should watch, the dialogue is pretty epic. 

Some examples…

Darby Sabini about Arthur: “You want to have that brother of yours put down.”

Tommy: “Oh I tried that. He bit the vet.”

And…

Major Campbell talking about Tommy: “The end of a rope has been this man’s destiny since the night he was born.” We do hope not.

Tommy to Campbell, about Grace: “I imagine being shot by a woman hurts the same as being shot by a man. It’s just more shameful.”

And: “You once said to me that men like us can never be loved. She loves me and all you got was a bullet.”

Arsenal are fifth on the EPL table, three points behind north London rivals Spurs, who are third.

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