Unai Emery says Arsenal lost their way under Arsène Wenger

Unai Emery replaced Arsene Wenger at the helm of Arsenal after the Frenchman chose to call time on his tenure as the coach of North Londoners at the end of last season.

Most Arsenal fans seem to think that a Top Six finish would not be a bad return for Unai Emery in his first season in charge, considering the mess he inherited in the summer, but with us now going undefeated for the last 16 games perhaps we are now setting our sights just a little bit higher, especially after dragging out a draw against Liverpool.

Emery also revealed he has met Wenger only once since his arrival in London: "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 kilometre zero.' Even now, four months later, I still say it: "'We are in the beginning!'"

Will it be Arsenal who come out triumphant after the game or will it be Eddie Howe's side who ends Arsenal's unbeaten run under Unai Emery?

And, after taking over a side that finished sixth last season, the Spaniard is taking inspiration from one of Arsenal's Premier League rivals as he eyes a major improvement.

'But over time, only technical quality and offensive freedom were taken care of, losing the defensive structure.

"Liverpool were without the Champions League, they had the Premier league and Europa League". What I want to do is unite the two and become more competitive. We had to stop it and start climbing. But the last three we have drawn. "And to have the capacity to score with different players", Emery said.

"Both are very hard, but we want to ensure we perform the best we can on both fronts". "Within that we want to see individual footballers growing and developing".

"And Arsenal must be great, not allowing the four above to take advantage of us [there's also Manchester United] and not allow the teams below to get closer to us".

  • Stacy Allen