Lauren explains why Arsenal players turned on Unai Emery and prefer Mikel Arteta

Unai Emery, former manager of Arsenal
Things didn’t end well for Emery at Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)

Arsenal Invincible Lauren believes players turned on former Gunners boss Unai Emery due to his overuse of video analysis and failure to deliver instant success.

The Spaniard was sacked in December after a series of laboured performances left the north London club marooned in mid-table and without a hope of reaching the Champions League places.

Players were reportedly bemused by the former Sevilla manager’s convoluted tactics and bored of watching hours upon on hours of footage from past matches.

Since being replaced by Mikel Arteta, Emery has hit out at his former side, saying ‘some did not have a good attitude’, but ex-Arsenal defender Lauren admitted the 38-year-old’s methods contributed to his downfall.

He told The Athletic: ‘One question though: Unai Emery would have stayed if they won the Europa League [they lost last season’s final to Chelsea].

‘He would have got more power inside the dressing room, more power with the club to insist on certain players.

‘But he didn’t win the Europa League and qualify for the Champions League, so they decided to change again.

‘Emery’s ideas, the use of so much video and so on, if at some point you don’t have success and don’t win things, the players decide they don’t like this guy.

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Former Arsenal defender Lauren
Lauren was a big part of the 2003/4 Invincibles team (Picture: Getty Images)

Since Mikel Arteta took over the helm, results have been steady, and the atmosphere around the club has improved drastically.

Players also seem happier, with several admitting they are ‘having fun again’ under the ex-Manchester City coach, suggesting they possibly weren’t before under Emery.

Lauren added: ‘The philosophy of Arteta has more parallelism with Wenger than Emery had. He tries to pass the ball, to open the game up in the last third, triangles in every department so there are always options.

‘We have to give time to Arteta, he has fantastic ideas and learned from the best in Pep Guardiola.’

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