Arsenal boss Emery admits defensive crunch talks

Unai Emery seems to have revived Arsenal from the malaise that had set in under Arsene Wenger and now the Gunners' boss has fired shots at his predecessor about where the problems were with Wenger's team.

Arsenal have generally coped well without their defensive lynchpin, going unbeaten in 16 matches in all competitions following successive defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea in August.

"Two years later, they were in the final of the Champions League".

Emery has said Arsenal "lost defensive structure" prior to his arrival and he is demanding a raise in standards.

Maybe we won't reach those heights this season, but I do like his ambition to get us right to the very top!

Arsenal visit Bournemouth in the Premier League this Sunday following the final worldwide break of 2018. "I respect him a lot but, no matter how much information he gave me, I had to change things".

"But over time, only technical quality and offensive freedom were taken care of, losing the defensive structure", the Spaniard added.

"What I want is to unite both aspects and be more competitive".

"I told the players: 'We are starting at ground zero.' Even now, four months later, I still say we are just at the beginning". The Arsenal was in decline.

The Gunners have failed to win their last three Premier League outings, but Emery's side have managed to remain unbeaten following draws with Crystal Palace, Liverpool FC and Wolves.

The Gunners travel to Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon as Premier League action returns following the global break.

Though Arsenal have shown significant improvement since the back-end of Wenger's spell, Emery feels there is plenty of room for improvement.

"And Arsenal must be great, not allowing the four above to take advantage of us [there's also Manchester United] and not allow the teams below to get closer to us".

"We want it to convey energy, desire about winning and also a sense of solidity", he said.