Former Arsenal manager Unai Emery has accused the Arsenal leadership of failing to protect him during his 18 month stay at the club.
Emery was sacked in November last year after failing to win a match for over two months. In his first season, Emery took Arsenal to their first European final in 13 years and missed the top four in the league by just a single point.
He was however shown the door barely four months into his second season and has blamed the Arsenal hierarchy for what he termed as lack of support.
“At every club, I’ve been protected: Lorca, Almería, Valencia, PSG. At Sevilla I had Monchi. At PSG Nasser al-Khelaifi protected me in the dressing room and publicly. At Arsenal they weren’t able to, maybe because they came from Wenger, who did everything. They’d say: ‘We’re with you’ but in front of fans and the dressing room they couldn’t protect me. Truth is, I felt alone. And the results dictated I had to go,” The Spaniard said.
He also laid bare his controversial relationship with Arsenal’s star player Mesut Ozil and revealed that the players did not want his at the Captain.
“In pre-season I told him I wanted to help recover the best Özil. I wanted a high level of participation and commitment in the dressing room. I respected him and thought he could help. He could have been a captain but the dressing room didn’t want him to be. That’s not what I decided; that’s what the players decided. Captains are ones who have to keep defending the club, the coach, teammates,” Emery said.
Emery is still waiting for a club to hire him and said he would love to manage in England again.