Arsenal manager Unai Emery has revealed that the Gunners were in decline during Arsene Wenger management at the Emirates.
The Spanish manager took over from Wenger in the summer after 22 years in the reign.
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The former PSG boss has now impressed in his first season at the Emirates with the Spaniard side last 16 games unbeaten in all competitions.
Therefore, Emery has criticised the Frenchman’s tactics during his time at the club insisting that it was time for a change.
The former Sevilla manager has also claimed that he had to open new windows at Arsenal following his arrival.
“Over time, only technical quality and offensive freedom were taken care of, losing the defensive structure.
What I want, is to unite both essences and be more competitive. Arsenal was in decline. We had to stop it and start climbing.”
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“Before Wenger came, Arsenal celebrated 1-0 and were based on defensive solidity,” Emery told Spanish newspaper Marca.
“With Arsene, joy came from attacking, with players of good standing. And the perfect combination was the Invincibles.”
“But over time, only technical quality and offensive freedom were taken care of, losing the defensive structure.”
“What I want is to unite both essences and be more competitive. Arsenal was in decline. We had to stop it and start climbing.”
Asked if he’d spoken to Wenger for advice following his appointment, Emery replied: “Not about the team. I met once with him, and little else.”
“I respect him a lot. But no matter how much info he gave me, I had to change things. I told the players: ‘We started at kilometre zero’.”
“Even now, four months later, I still say it: ‘We are in the beginning!’”
Wenger won three Premier League titles with the Gunners, seven FA Community Shields as well as lifting the FA Cup seven times.
Unai Emery side are back in the Premier League action on Sunday afternoon as the North London side travel to Dean Court to take on Bournemouth.