Emery told Spanish newspaper Marca in an interview this week that one of his main tasks was to rebuild Arsenal's defensive structure without losing the focus on attacking football that Arsene Wenger brought to the club. The financial implications of failing to qualify for the tournament three years on the spin would be severe for most clubs chasing Premier League and European glory.
Despite a heroic exit from the Emirates with fans paying tribute to their departing manager it had been a hard last period of his managerial spell with the north London club.
In conference, Emery said that a number of players had recovered from injuries and trained, such as forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette. During that time, the Gunners also won 11 matches in succession before being held to a 2-2 draw at Selhurst Park by Crystal Palace.
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"Then with Arsene, joy was taken from attacking too and the ideal blend was the "Invincibles" team".
"In the cup competitions we want to maintain our place in the Europa League and we're on a good run in the Carabao Cup and have a good game against Spurs coming up". The Arsenal was in decline.
Since Wenger has left things are already looking up for his heir Unai Emery with the Gunners looking at times back to their best and undefeated in 16 games in all competitions in a row. We had to stop it and start climbing. I change things normally. He is well, with good performance, good feeling and I think he, today, is close to also play with us. We have had an very bad injury record with our defenders, and Emery has told us that we are still waiting for Monreal to return.
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Wenger ended his 22-year spell last season, with Emery replacing him at the helm of affairs at Emirates.
Despite dropping a few points in recent weeks, Arsenal continue to remain in fifth and in contention for a Champions League qualification berth at the end of the season. For even when he affords himself a rare moment to switch off from football, Emery watches TV in English to improve his understanding of the language.
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