Emery hits out at Arsenal critics

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Arsenal head coach Unai Emery during a training session at London Colney on November 21, 2018 in St Albans, England.

"For Arsenal, it was very important to find a good manager, especially after Wenger", Pires continued. "We need more. We need to get better".

High flying Arsenal resume their Premier League campaign following the global break on Sunday afternoon when they head to the Vitality Stadium to take on AFC Bournemouth, and they will be missing four players when they do so. He also indicated other recoveries were progressing well: "Laurent Koscielny now is close with us to start maybe little by little taking minutes".

Emery also singled out Alex Iwobi as one player who can still become more of a scoring threat for the club. Arsenal have somewhat slipped in the standings and now sit 5th courtesy some disappointing results which have seen the Gunners drop six points in the last three games.

The Gunners have failed to qualify for Europe's elite club competition for two seasons in a row having finished sixth and fifth respectively in their last two league campaigns.

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A man hoping to earn senior global recognition with England at some stage said of the differences between his bosses of past and present: "Wenger was very good for me as a manager and what he did for me". We want the team to transmit things.

Emery is aiming to improve the defensive side of the club as they concede on average more than a goal a game in the league.

"We want to create that kind of atmosphere so it's about both how we finish in the table and also in terms of creating a team both individually and collectively that has motivation".

Similarly, Lucas Torreira came off the bench in the first five Premier League games this season but is now a guaranteed starter. Kolasinac has come in for most of the criticism, while Petr Cech has been replaced by Bernd Leo in goal.