Mikel Arteta gives honest verdict on Unai Emery’s Arsenal legacy

Date published: Wednesday 6th May 2020 10:12

Mikel Arteta

Mikel Arteta says things are starting to change at Arsenal and believes the “energy wasn’t right” under previous boss Unai Emery.

Emery was sacked as Arsenal manager at the end of November after the Gunners had gone seven games without a win.

The Spanish boss has gone on record and admitted “several problems” cost him his Arsenal job after just 18 months in charge.

Arteta, 38, took over at The Emirates in December. The former Gunners midfielder had been an assistant coach to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City for more than three years.

Arteta has revealed some of the difficulties he faced at the Emirates after inheriting a squad lacking in confidence.

“It is happening [the transformation],” Arteta told Ian Wright in an interview for Adidas.



“Coming into the club in that moment wasn’t easy but you mention a key word which is ‘energy’ and I felt that the energy around the training ground and the stadium wasn’t right for this magnificent club.

“I was here and was lucky to play here so everyone, first of all, has to feel in that way.

“There was a lot of disconnection in many areas and I wanted to bring everyone together.

“First of all to make everyone understand how lucky we are to be here and then a very clear direction of where we have to be.”


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