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It has been more than two months since Emery and Arsenal parted ways on seemingly cordial terms. But it appears the amicability then was forced, as Emery evidently still holds a grudge against the Gunners and his former players, based on his scathing review of the club during a recent interview with France Football.
Emery, 48, told France Football: “Arsenal was a club on a downward slope for two years before I arrived. We stopped this fall and even began to rebuild the club with the Europa League final and fifth place in the league, only one point off Tottenham (Hotspur) despite the fact that we took just one point in our final five matches.
“We had Champions League qualification in our grasp and it went wrong in the end. But it was a good season and we had this notion of continuing to improve.”
To recap: in the season before Emery took over, Arsenal – under Arsene Wenger – finished sixth in the English Premier League (EPL) and reached the semi-finals of the Europa League.
So, in a sense, Emery was right – the club did make progress under him because they went one better in both competitions under the Spaniard.
Emery, however, wasn’t done with his criticism of Arsenal. He then turned his attentions to the players who broke his heart into a million pieces.
“But we lost our four captains: (Laurent) Koscielny, (Petr) Cech, (Aaron) Ramsey and (Nacho) Monreal,” Emery added.
“They were personalities that we missed this season to stay on the right track, and some stars did not have a good attitude and asked for more than what they were giving back.
“Taking all of that into account, we needed time to succeed with our transition to a new Arsenal, which is what I wanted.”
To summarise, the main point that Emery seemed to be driving at was simply this: Unai Emery good, Arsenal bad.
Expectedly, Emery’s comments did not go down well with Arsenal fans.
In particular, it was Emery’s bold claims that he was the one who stopped Arsenal’s fall from grace that had the club’s fans rubbing their eyes in disbelief.
Because there is only one man that Arsenal fans blame for the plight that the club, who are currently 10th in the EPL, find themselves in: Unai Emery.
Even playmaker Mesut Ozil – who Emery tried to force out of Arsenal – could not resist taking a jab at his former coach.