Lee Dixon: What Unai Emery has changed at Arsenal
The Arsenal legend opens up about what Unai Emery has changed at the north London outfit
Lee Dixon has credited Unai Emery with managing to transform the culture at the Arsenal training ground since his appointment as Arsene Wenger’s successor.
The Gunners boss has made a positive start to the Premier League season, having recovered from successive losses to Manchester City and Chelsea FC in August.
Arsenal pieced together an impressive 12-game run thanks to their 4-2 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the north London derby at The Emirates on Sunday.
The Gunners made the trip to Manchester United on Wednesday night and left Old Trafford with a point after a 2-2 draw.
Emery’s side returned to winning ways with a narrow 1-0 victory over Huddersfield Town at The Emirates on Saturday afternoon.
Arsenal have found a greater resilience this season after missing out in a top-four finish in the last two Premier League campaigns under Emery.
The Gunners will be hoping to mount a sustained challenge in the top-four race to finally secure a return to the Champions League.
Former Arsenal defender Dixon, who won the double under Wenger on two occasions, explained what Emery has changed since Wenger’s exit.
“He has changed the culture in the training ground,” Dixon told BBC Radio 5 Live ahead of their clash against Huddersfield Town on Saturday.
“Arsene will tell you he maybe stayed two years too long. The change has come from the training pitch. The big word is accountability. The players have to be accountable for their performances.
“In the latter years under Wenger that wasn’t the case. The supporters can see the players care about the badge and the shirt. Emery has installed a desire to new levels. They look so fit. They are outrunning opponents.”
Arsenal lost England international Rob Holding to a knee problem at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.
The Gunners signed five players in the summer transfer window to revamp their squad following Emery’s appointment as manager.
Arsenal are looking to go one step further in the Europa League this term after losing to Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals last season.