Arsenal forgot how to defend under Wenger - Emery

Arsenal forgot how to defend under Wenger - Emery

Unai Emery seems to have revived Arsenal from the malaise that had set in under Arsene Wenger and now the Gunners' boss has fired shots at his predecessor about where the problems were with Wenger's team.

But over time, only technical quality and attacking freedom were taken care of and the team lost its defensive structure.

Four points separate these two teams and Arsenal will only stay in fifth if they win today, one point behind Chelsea.

Emery has made changes defensively, deploying a higher and more aggressive pressing game that has been adopted surprisingly quickly by his players. We had to stop it and start climbing.

Finally, though, Unai Emery has managed to revive the fate of the club and now it looks like the Gunners will finally be back to playing Champions League football next season. "The first step we need to do is get back into the Champions League and then we need to start competing and then we need to start winning the biggest trophies in the game".

"At the same time, every competition where there's a title up for grabs is important and that counts for the two domestic cup competitions as well". I mean, on paper Arsenal are always favourites, so they can take vast pride in that.

"I told the players "we are starting at ground zero".

Speaking at his pre-match news conference at London Colney on Friday, Emery said: "If we want to be in the top four, we need to improve things".

Indeed, Lacazette is Arsenal's second top goalscorer this season with six in all competitions, three behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who has nine. "We want Arsenal to convey energy and hunger".

Liverpool came runners up in the Europa League that season, and three-time victor Emery, whose Sevilla side beat Klopp's Reds in 2016, will hope Arsenal can go one better this term.

"Leno arrives, but Cech is doing well and you must respect that".

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