Emery blames ‘terrible month’ for Arsenal exit
Unai Emery has explained what went wrong for him at Arsenal amid Mikel Arteta’s confirmation as the club’s new head coach, reports football.london.com.Manchester City have reluctantly agreed to part ways with their former assistant as he joins Arsenal on a deal which will run until the summer of 2023. But at the same time as the eventual announcement of Arteta’s arrival, a lengthy piece on the BBC Sport website dropped with Emery having spoken with Guillem Balague about his Arsenal exit.
Nobody can ever question Emery’s class despite his inability to bring consistent results back to the Gunners.
Arsenal finished fifth in the Premier League last season and lost the Europa League final. After a reasonable start this term, Emery has explained that the Gunners were close to offering him a new contract.
But the Spaniard has now opened up on how his stint at Arsenal came to a crashing end. Emery told the BBC: “This season, theoretically, we also began well and I had the feeling – and so did the club – that the achievements of the previous season were valued and we were now looking to how we could develop together, even to the point where they were looking to offer a renewed contract.
“Then I remember we had one month… At one of the international breaks we were third, and then in the first game after we came back, the frustrations from bad results were beginning to make us worse for the following matches. We were losing confidence, and it’s also true to say we were losing a bit of stability.
“The game against Sheffield United [a 1-0 win for the Blades in October] was a turning point. In one month everything got broken, and we were incapable of winning a game in seven and the tension based on the question we were asking “What’s happening to us” was like a rolling ball that was just getting bigger and bigger.“When that happens the coach is the first person to come into the spotlight. I have lived this at other clubs but I have managed to conquer it by getting the team back on track, but at Arsenal that month was terrible.”