Emery tells Arsenal fans to remember how bad they were under Wenger before criticising his tactics

UNAI EMERY has accused Arsenal fans of having short memories and forgetting their results before he arrived.

The frustrated Emirates boss came out swinging after the verbal mauling he took for Monday’s damaging 1-0 defeat at Sheffield United.

Emery tells Arsenal fans to remember how bad they were under Wenger before criticising his tactics2 Unai Emery's side are fifth in the Premier League table after nine gamesCredit: Getty – Contributor

And he claims his team are in far better shape than they were 18 months ago when he was drafted in to replace Arsene Wenger.

Spaniard Emery said: “We need to remember what things were like when I arrived here because some people seem to have forgotten.

“This team in its history won many times 1-0 and was very competitive — but that wasn’t enough for some supporters.

“So then they changed the process and they improved the creativity and when I arrived here that aspect was more or less good.

“But the team was not competitive enough and that was something that needed to be improved. I think in the last year I have started to make this team more competitive, while also playing some very good matches with more energy and intensity.”

The former Paris Saint-Germain boss has clearly been rattled by the stick he has copped in recent weeks and was more animated than anyone at Arsenal can remember ahead of tonight’s Europa League clash with Portugal’s Vitoria Guimaraes.

Emery launched a passionate defence of his tactics and insisted his determination to persevere with the club’s young stars will inevitably lead to inconsistency.

The 47-year-old said: “I was in my office looking at the picture of last season’s squad and now we have ten different players. That’s 40 per cent of the squad.

“We are in the process with young players and we need to show patience.

Emery tells Arsenal fans to remember how bad they were under Wenger before criticising his tactics2 Arsene Wenger spent 22 years in charge of the GunnersCredit: Getty Images – Getty

“We have spent a lot of money on Nicolas Pepe

but he needs time to adapt to the Premier League.

“For example, in France I loved Fabinho a lot. When he was at Monaco I wanted to sign him for PSG.

“When I arrived at Arsenal, his name was on the table to try to sign him but he went instead to Liverpool.

“But in the first six months at Liverpool, he didn’t play.

“That was his adaptation but now he is amazing.

“And I want the same thing for Pepe, for Dani Ceballos and for all the other young players like Joe Willock, Reiss Nelson and Bukayo Saka.

“We are not saying to these guys ‘You can train with us but you are on the bench for the matches’. No, they are playing and that is a process that needs some patience.

“Last year Matteo Guendouzi arrived here from the second division in France but we didn’t put him in the Under-23s or sit him on the bench.

“We played him in the team, even though he struggled with tactical issues, above all defensively.

“But this year he is doing better and all the supporters are happy with him.

“And that is because we worked with him last year on the pitch.”

Emery will again make changes to his team for tonight’s Group F game against Guimaraes, who have yet to earn a point.

His Gunners have a 100 per cent record so far, scoring seven goals and keeping two clean sheets.

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