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Soccer News of Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Source: Mynigeria

Some Arsenal players had bad attitude - Unai Emery

Former Arsenal manager, Unai Emery has stated that some of the players at the club had bad attitude during his time at the Emirates Stadium.

Emery was sacked after 18-months in charge with his last seven games ending without a win which placed the club eight points behind Premier League top four.

The Frenchman was said to have left the club for failing to motivate the big boys, a claim he has denied by hitting back at his critics.

Emery 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 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.

"But we lost our four captains: [Laurent] Koscielny, [Petr] Cech, [Aaron] Ramsey and [Nacho] Monreal. 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."

However, Mesut Ozil has revealed that the team are better united under new manager, Mikel Arteta.

"As a team, we are much happier and everyone wants to give everything for this club," said Ozil.