Arsene Wenger has dismissed criticism from Unai Emery that Arsenal have been on a “downward slope” in 2018 when the previous Sevilla coach took over.
Wenger determined to go away the Emirates Stadium on the finish of the 2017/18 season, with Emery taking up following roles in La Liga and at Paris Saint-Germain.
Nonetheless, he lasted lower than 18 months in North London, with the membership shifting to herald Mikel Arteta as boss following Freddie Ljungberg’s time as interim head-coach.
Emery informed France Soccer that: “Arsenal was a membership on a downward slope for 2 years earlier than I arrived.
“We stopped this fall and even started to rebuild the membership with the Europa League last and fifth place within the league, just one level off Tottenham although we took only one level in our last 5 matches.
“We had Champions League qualification in our grasp and it went mistaken in the long run. However it was season and we had this notion of constant to enhance.”
Nonetheless, Wenger disagrees with Emery on a lot of factors, and acknowledged that regardless of a troublesome 2018, Arsenal have been – and nonetheless are – in place.
“In 2017 we made 75 factors and received the FA Cup so you can’t say that [Arsenal were in decline] and the 12 months earlier than  we completed second within the league,” Wenger stated on the Laureus World Sport Awards.
“2018 was my final 12 months however it is extremely troublesome to come back out on that.
“Arsenal is a membership that’s in a really sturdy place financially. It has good gamers, after that if you end up a supervisor it’s a must to arise for what you do and your outcome and never go searching you.
“That’s the solely factor you are able to do.”