Premier League The coach reflected on his time with the Gunners
Unai Emery has opened up on his experience with Arsenal and his sacking, blaming it on one really terrible month.
The Spaniard revealed that he was suffering during that bad period of results and that those close to him could see the stress he was under.
“I was very satisfied with how things went [in the first season] because I believe we learned how to become a team, at times a team that shone, but a team that was effective and competitive,” he told the BBC.
“It was a team that in general was showing why Arsenal signed me.
“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…
“In one month, everything got broken and we were incapable of winning a game in seven and the tension 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.
“I had friends or people at my side who would say to me ‘I can see you’re suffering’ and I said ‘naturally’.
“When a coach doesn’t win, he suffers.
“And when he doesn’t win two, or three or four he suffers more.
“We had to win to regain our emotional equilibrium to get rid of that frustration and we couldn’t.
“The club made its decision.
“I think we could have turned things around, but I also understand those at the top have to take decisions and take responsibility.”
Mikel Arteta has come in to take Emery‘s job and the fired coach believes the former Manchester City assistant is ready.
“He really is prepared to make that next jump,” Emery said.
“He has been at Arsenal before, he’s been in the Premier League and he has been working with Pep Guardiola.
“I do believe this is a good decision and I would also like it to be a good decision.”
Finally, he was asked if the language barrier was a problem during his time in London.
“I think if the results had been good then things would have gone like the previous season and people would have allowed me to make mistakes and found my English more acceptable rather than focusing on my mistakes,” he said.
“I had a certain level of English simply because I hadn’t had the opportunity to develop it more.
“I’d had two years in France with Paris Saint-German where I concentrated much more on French.”