Unai Emery says Arsenal lost their way under Arsène Wenger


Unai Emery believes Arsenal were in decline towards the end of Arsene Wenger's 22-year reign and "had to change things".

Former PSG coach Emery has enjoyed an encouraging first few months as Wenger's successor, with Arsenal now unbeaten in 16 matches and buoyed by impressive performances against Liverpool, Fulham and Leicester.

Arsenal have missed out on additional revenue after failing to secure Champions League football, although Emery insists that has not added pressure to their season.

"Today, we trained this morning with the players and they are okay", Unai Emery said in his pre-match press conference.

"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.

"Before Wenger arrived, Arsenal celebrated the 1-0 (win) and was based on defensive solidity".

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The 33-year-old has been training with the Gunners for the last month, however, and Emery has said that the club captain could feature for Arsenal Under-23s at the start of next week.

Both sides will be looking to register a when they face off in English Premier League. We had to stop it and start climbing.

"But my idea is the difference between us and other teams now - Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool - we can reach the same level of performance as them".

"And with Mesut, a big player, we need to continue working to hold that high level of quality in each match". "The key thing for us and what we have found is that if one to 11 we are Bournemouth will then we have a chance - if we have two or three off the pace then these games are very hard to get anything out of".

"The Premier League is our priority, and our objective in terms of the table is to finish in the top four", Emery said on www.arsenal.com. He is well, with good performances, good feeling and I think he is close to also playing with us.