Former Arsenal boss Unai Emery claims attitude problems plagued his time with the Gunners
Speaking to France Football, Unai Emery has claimed that the North-London club were already in a downward spiral when he arrived and players’ attitudes undermined his attempts to rectify those problems.
The 48-year-old Spaniard came in to replace the polarising Arsene Wenger in the summer of 2018 but was sacked in November 2019. The board made the decision following a disappointing start to his second season in charge that saw Arsenal plummet down the Premier League table.
When questioned on the contributions of the players, Emery offered a damning assessment of his squad claiming that the loss of leaders within the side and cynicism amongst some players was to blame for the Gunners’ plight.
“Arsenal was a club on a downward slope for two years before I arrived. We lost our four captains: Koscielny, Cech, Ramsey and Monreal. They were personalities that we missed this season to stay on the right track. And some stars did not have a good attitude and asked for more than what they were giving back.
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“But I accept the rule of thumb and that I am poorly placed to criticise because I also benefited from such judgement in the past", Emery told France Football.
“I obviously am partly responsible, but you see that the team has not exactly done better since I left.”
Somewhat predictably, the backlash from fans to Emery’s comments has been forthcoming and ruthless.
Unai Emery needs to stop talking and move on, don't think he realises how lucky he was to manage Arsenal Football Club. Shut up Unai you're just embarrassing yourself now pal.— On Me Head Son! (@Danielfloyd1981) February 11, 2020
Unai Emery should let it go. He had his chance. In life when you are given a chance and you fluff your lines, stop looking to blame others. Get better and try again. This dude had 5 matches to pick 3 points and managed to make a mess of it. Good riddance!— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) February 11, 2020
Unai Emery wasn’t blaming player ‘attitude‘ after 22 games unbeaten.— Le Grove (@LeGrove) February 11, 2020
He took a job that was beyond him after being inexplicably put forward for it by a know-nothing agent that was pals with Raul.
At best, outrageous privilege. At worst, who knows.
He should keep quiet.
Unai Emery: ‘Arsenal was a club on a downward slope for two years before I arrived. We stopped that’.— Patrick Timmons (@PatrickTimmons1) February 10, 2020
Was I watching a different club for almost the entirety of 2019?
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