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Emery ‘had to change things’ after Arsenal fell flat under Wenger

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LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 22: Unai Emery, Manager of Arsenal gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Leicester City at Emirates Stadium on October 22, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

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Unai Emery has said what anyone and everyone who watched Arsenal at any point during the final few years of Arsene Wenger’s tenure observed: the club had lost its way under the legendary Frenchman and needed a drastic refresh.

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Emery feels he’s managed to do just that in a very short time — his first three months on the job — and sees the club already headed in the right direction. Particularly, it was the balance of attacking and defending that Emery noted wasn’t quite right, which undoubtedly came down to the mentality of the club and its players — quotes from the Guardian:

“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 kilometer zero.’ Even now, four months later, I still say it, ‘We are in the beginning.”

“Over time, only technical quality and offensive freedom were taken care of, and the team lost the defensive structure. What I want is to unite both essences and be more competitive. The Arsenal was in decline. We had to stop it and start climbing.”

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