Former Arsenal manager Unai Emery has given his thoughts on where his reign went wrong, hitting out at the attitude of some Gunners ‘stars’.
As per France Football, translated by GFFN, Emery also said his side struggled to deal with the loss of four players as well.
He said: “Arsenal was a club on a downward slope for two years before I arrived. We stopped this fall and even began to rebuild the club. It was a good season and we had this notion of continuing. But we lost our four captains: Koscielny, Cech, Ramsey and Monreal.
“They were personalities that we missed this season to stay on the right track. Some stars did not have a good attitude and asked for more than what they were giving back. Taking all of that into account, we needed time to succeed with our transition to a new Arsenal which is what I wanted.”
TBR’s View – Thinly veiled dig at Ozil?
Given Mesut Ozil was frozen out largely under Emery and he has spoken about stars with a poor attitude, it does not take a huge leap to suspect he has taken a swipe at the German here.
Emery makes a good point about losing experience from the squad but it is also down to him to help convince those players – especially Ramsey – to stay or head into the transfer market to replace those leaving.
Perhaps Emery looks at Mikel Arteta leading Arsenal in mid-table and feels harshly treated – and emboldened to say he was taking the club in the right direction – but Arteta has brought a clearer identity than Emery who was too reactive to the opponents.