Jens Lehmann slams Unai Emery and says former manager was ‘not good enough’ for Arsenal

Unai Emery spent 16 months at Arsenal before being sacked
Unai Emery spent 16 months at Arsenal before being sacked (Picture: Getty)

Jens Lehmann has slammed Unai Emery, claiming he was ‘not good enough’ to manage Arsenal and made a major mistake when he first joined the Premier League club.

Arsenal appointed Emery as Arsene Wenger’s successor following the 2017-18 season, with the Spaniard previously enjoying spells at PSG and Sevilla.

The Gunners finished fifth in the Premier League during Emery’s first season in charge and reached the Europa League final, where they suffered a 4-1 defeat to London rivals Chelsea.

Arsenal made a poor start to the 2019-20 season and Emery was sacked in November following a winless run of seven games, with Mikel Arteta unveiled as his replacement.

Lehmann believes it was clear Emery was ‘not good enough’ for Arsenal and says he made a mistake when he first joined the club with his backroom team.

The former Arsenal goalkeeper told Stadium Astro: ‘I was there as an assistant coach two years ago but then Arsene has left and they have changed the whole managerial team and I think they made a mistake by choosing the wrong guys.

‘The people at the top sometimes don’t know what I know about football and they didn’t experience how to win things. So it’s not easy for them.

‘I think he wanted to bring his own staff who couldn’t even speak English. Then a guy like me, who was a player for them, I think he just didn’t want us.

‘I think it was a big present to him that he was picked as a manager for Arsenal because I think he was not good, not good enough because he had this lingual problem.

‘He may have some good ideas in Spanish but he never came across as being transferrable to English football.’

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