Unai Emery Reveals The One Thing Arsenal Lacked Under Arsene Wenger

Unai Emery Reveals The One Thing Arsenal Lacked Under Arsene Wenger

Unai Emery believes Arsenal were in decline towards the end of Arsène Wenger's 22-year reign and "had to change things". But with time, you can only take care of technique and attacking freedom, losing your defensive structure.

I met once with him, and little else.

"Before Wenger arrived, Arsenal celebrated the 1-0 wins and were based on defensive solidity", the Spaniard told Marca.

"With Arsene, they became an attacking team, with players who were good on the ball, and the flawless combination came with The Invincibles [when an unbeaten Arsenal won the 2003-04 Premier League]".

Emery said: 'We started with an Arsenal that barely won against the top six, even though this year we haven't done so yet either, but while also having serious difficulty winning away from home, something we have already improved upon'.

"In terms of the difficulty of the teams, it's not just the top teams but all of the teams in the league are very hard because they all have good players and I think that's what makes the Premier League as far as I know the most competitive league around. Arsenal were falling. We had to stop that and start to lift them".

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Arsenal head to Bournemouth looking to close the gap on north-London rivals Tottenham, who are three points clear in fourth place.

Bournemouth are now sat in sixth place on the Premier League table and trail Arsenal by only four points, with Emery's men just outside the Champions League places in fifth.

"I think one of the characteristics of the Premier League is the fact every game is very demanding and you need to overcome that if you want to finish in the top four", Emery said.

Emery's third objective was less tangible, and the manager spoke of wanting to fix the disconnect between the club, players and fans through an on-field identity.

Arsenal are lining up a January bid to try and sign Villarreal midfielder Pablo Fornals when the transfer window opens, according to reports in the British media.

"I have said to myself it is a positive thing, but it can also be negative, that you are too heavy, want to interfere with the players a lot", Emery said.

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