Unai Emery: Peaky Blinders is teaching me English

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Unai Emery seems to have revived Arsenal from the malaise that had set in under Arsene Wenger and now the Gunners' boss has fired shots at his predecessor about where the problems were with Wenger's team.

"Nowadays it's very hard for a coach to stay 22 years", Emery said in an interview with Spanish sports daily Marca on Thursday. "I talked with a lot of people who had interacted with him in his time and it was very reassuring".

"The process with him in this worldwide break is to finish training with us every day to start playing, little by little".

"Before Wenger arrived, Arsenal celebrated the 1-0 (win) and was based on defensive solidity".

"We need more in some things, being different tactically, individually, in the spirit, in the mentality". The big news for Arsenal though, is the return of Laurent Koscielny, although the defender is still quite short of match fitness. We had to stop it and start climbing. Sixteen matches, we've not lost, it's good.

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"Both are very hard, but we want to ensure we perform the best we can on both fronts".

After Bouremouth, Arsenal will travel to Ukraine to face Vorskla on Thursday before the North London derby just three days later.

Emery's side now sit fifth in the Premier League, three points off the top four, and they could make it 17 games without defeat against Bournemouth on Sunday.

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"In pre-season, we also had [Konstantinos] Mavropanos - but he is injured now, we had Chambers and we chose to let him go on loan to Fulham and we decided that Rob Holding stayed here", explained Emery. "We run the business in a responsible way - we know there are at least six teams who have a minimum requirement of being in the Champions League". "Within that we want to see individual footballers growing and developing. His energy levels... We had dinner with him on Wednesday and his energy and passion is infectious".

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