Arsenal were in decline lost structure under Arsene Wenger - Unai Emery

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Arsenal manager Unai Emery insists his side can match the performances of Premier League champions Manchester City and believes they must channel Liverpool's recent revival.

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

Unai Emery said Arsenal's decision to keep Rob Holding at the club has been vindicated by the centre-back's impressive performances in their 16-game unbeaten run. Even now, four months later, I still say it: "We are in the beginning!"

"Then with Arsene, joy was turned into attack, with players of good standing, and the ideal combination was "The Invincibles" (when Arsenal won the Premier League undefeated in 2003-2004)", he said.

"Before Wenger arrived, Arsenal celebrated the 1-0 wins and were based on defensive solidity", he said.

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

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

Fraser has laid on more assists - six - than any other player in the Premier League, while King has had his issues with fitness this term but has still scored four goals in nine games. Arsenal was in decline. "I respect him a lot but, no matter how much information he gave me, I had to change things". "The process with him in this worldwide break is to finish training with us every day to start playing, little by little". "We need to be demanding and here I want every player to be at that high level".

"I remember three years ago we were playing with Sevilla against Liverpool in the final of Europa League, and Liverpool were then not able to reach the Champions League", Emery said. He, in the press match conference, said, "We just approach the game in the same way we do any team, we watch them and analyze them and we make our game plans around what we have seen".

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