‘It wasn’t right’: Mikel Arteta takes dig at Unai Emery’s Arsenal career

Mikel Arteta admits it wasn’t ‘easy’ to replace Unai Emery (Picture: Youtube)

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says the ‘energy’ at the club simply ‘wasn’t right’ under Unai Emery.

The former Sevilla boss lasted less than 18 months at the Emirates after he replaced Arsene Wenger in 2018.

Though Arsenal reached the Europa League final in Emery’s first season, his stint collapsed in his second term and he left the club with the Gunners on a seven-match winless run.

Arteta’s appointment has seen an improvement in results but the biggest transformation has been the positivity that the players and supporters have rediscovered since the Spaniard’s arrival.

Results have improved under Arteta (Picture: Getty)

And, in a dig at the ‘disconnect’ that Emery created at the club, Arteta says his biggest challenge has been repairing the relationship between the players, management and supporters.

Speaking to Ian Wright, Arteta said :’It is happening [the transformation]. 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 iIwanted 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.’

Though results have improved under Arteta, the Gunners remain outside the top four.

However, they were eight points off Champions League qualification when Emery was dismissed and they’re currently five points adrift under Arteta.

The Gunners became the first club to open up their training ground during the pandemic, though all players have to adhere to strict social distance guidelines,

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