Bernd Leno makes shocking admission about Arsenal under Unai Emery

Bernd Leno was signed by Unai Emery in the summer of 2018 from Bayer Leverkusen
Bernd Leno was signed by Unai Emery in the summer of 2018 from Bayer Leverkusen (Picture: Getty)

Bernd Leno has admitted Arsenal were in disarray under Unai Emery but has been impressed by the way Mikel Arteta is rebuilding team spirit.

The Spaniard was fired in November following a calamitous run of results which culminated in a shambolic Europa League defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt, a match which was played out in front of a half empty Emirates Stadium.

Freddie Ljungberg took over on an interim basis following Emery’s departure, before Arteta arrived shortly before Christmas to begin fixing some of the major issues his predecessor failed to address.

Although results have been mixed, with only one win in seven Premier League games, Leno is confident the future is bright at Arsenal under the former Manchester City No.2

He said: ‘In this short time he (Arteta) has had a big impact because you can see the intensity we play and the structure in the team.

Mikel Arteta replaced Unai Emery as Arsenal's new head coach
Mikel Arteta replaced Unai Emery as Arsenal’s new head coach (Picture: Getty)

‘The mentality out on the pitch, I don’t want to say it was a mess, but it was a bit confusing. Everyone was doing different things.

‘We were not a team. Not in the dressing room, not on the pitch and you could see that.

‘I think with Mikel it changed completely, you can see. From the first day he came he was not talking too much about tactics.

‘He was talking about how we behave in the dressing room, when we go the games we have to be more professional like a team.’

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