Unai Emery lifts the lid on his sacking by Arsenal

Former Arsenal manager Unai Emery has lifted the lid on his sacking by the north London club claiming that the fans 'threw him out of the club'. 

The Gunners parted ways with the Spanish manager in November on the back of their worst run of form since February 1992. 

The North Londoners appointed Manchester City No. 2 Mikel Arteta as his replacement in December after a few days of Freddie Ljungberg in charge as the interim manager. 

Former Sevilla, Valencia and Paris Saint-Germain boss Emery had missed out on a Champions League spot last season, his first campaign at the club. 

But he still seemingly had the faith of the fans as well as the board. However, things got only worse as the 2019-20 season started as the north London club are enduring one of their poorest seasons in their existence. 

However, Emery believes that the fans threw him out of the club which will certainly make him a more hated figure among the Gunners faithful. 

He told Spanish newspaper Marca: "The fans focused on me and they threw me out." 

Emery also indicated he made mistakes with the huge fiasco over allowing the players to appoint the club's next captain by committee and was not helped by the armed robbery when Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac were targeted by criminals. 

He also felt £72 million club record signing Nicolas Pepe had struggled to adapt to England and needed more time but he was unable to offer him that due to the monumental pressure he had on himself. 

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Emery said: "There were several problems: four captains; the Ozil-Kolasinac case; [Nicolas] Pepe’s signing, which needed time as he came from France. 

“The second year, we did not play well; we did not defend well. We were not competitive, we did not transmit - and I told the players myself." 

But overall Emery felt he had made progress. 

He added: “I am clear about my diagnosis and we did good things there. 

“I think we had a good first year, leading two competitions well in the Europa League and Premier League. The process was good. 

“When we played with possession, we did it; when we had to press, we did it. And we were competitive, playing as the game required. 

"But I keep the positive things, there were many. I had the funeral and mourning. 

“After my sacking, I dreamed a month of things about Arsenal. It was a natural process - and I overcame that duel." 

And Emery also stated that he is now ready to take his next assignment. 

He added: “When I no longer dreamed them, I already knew that I had overcome it. Now I am already feeding."


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