Arsenal fans respond to Unai Emery's 'downward spiral' comments about the club

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020 2:28pm

By Ali McDowall

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. 

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