Ian Wright slams ‘delusional’ Unai Emery after Arsenal criticism

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Unai Emery took aim at the Arsenal players for his dismissal after the Gunners sacked and replaced him with Mikel Arteta earlier this season

Ian Wright has slammed Unai Emery and his ‘delusional’ views after the former Arsenal boss criticised the players at the club.

The Spaniard was axed as manager at the Emirates in November after a desperately poor stretch of form.

Mikel Arteta was brought in to replace him but the damage appears to have been done with the Gunners 10th in the Premier League.

Recently, Emery hit out at his treatment at Arsenal, taking aim at the players who let him down.

But club legend Wright has hit back at the former Paris St-Germain manager, calling him delusional.

He said on the Kelly and Wright show: “I was there yesterday, they were doing their press day, and you can feel it – you know what it’s like, you know when there’s a good atmosphere in and around the club. You can feel it.

“Under the old manager it was like a regime, it wasn’t very enjoyable, they didn’t know where they were going, there wasn’t a lot of direction in what they were doing.

“And when you hear the quotes from Unai Emery… delusional comments if you ask me.

“Yes [they got to Europa League final]but it was the worst performance of an Arsenal team in a final.

“Because again, whatever he says, the players weren’t happy, there wasn’t a vision or direction, the communication was poor.

“He can say whatever he wants about how well he’s done because he’s got the ‘facts’ there but that team was going nowhere.

“When you look at his record, for him to come out and say stuff like that…

“This is the difference with Arsene Wenger, 21 years, he doesn’t come out and stay stuff like that.

“He [Emery] was coming in as the guy that was going to steer us back and everyone gave him the support.

“He was a gentleman when he was at the club, but to hear him say those things is quite sad to see.

“For me, he’s probably looking for a new job, trying to put himself back out there.

“Mikel Arteta has given Arsenal direction and focus now and that’s what he [Emery] didn’t give us.”

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