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Unai Emery’s comments after leaving Arsenal still ring true with latest defeat

Unai Emery’s comments after leaving Arsenal still ring true under Mikel Arteta.

The former PSG and Sevilla manager was sacked by the club in November 2019 and replaced by then Manchester City coach Arteta, who won the FA Cup in his debut season as a manager.

Despite that positive step, the Gunners have been far from their best during the current Premier League season, winning four and losing four across their first eight fixtures.

With Emery now impressing with Villarreal, the comments he made about the attitude of some of his players in north London have been compared with Arteta’s words on Sunday evening.

Unai Emery was left disappointed by Arsenal’s decision to sack him
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“Arsenal was a club on a downward slope for two years before I arrived,” said Emery in February.

“We stopped this fall and even began to rebuild the club with the Europa League final and 5th place in the league, only one point off of Tottenham 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.”

Before adding: “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.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was left bemused by the performance
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“Taking all of that into account, we needed time to succeed with our transition to a new Arsenal which is what I wanted.”

Speaking to BBC Sport, Arteta said on Sunday evening: “When we created chances we didn’t put them away. We didn’t win enough duels and the distances between the lines was too big.

“Against Leicester the first half was positive. We can lose a…