ARSENAL officials told Unai Emery how Arsene Wenger had “lost his competitive gene” during his job interview last summer.
The Spanish boss, 47, went into detail on just what the board thought of the Frenchman by the end of his 22-year tenure in an intriguing interview.
Wenger was under incredible pressure by the end, having failed to deliver a league title since the Invincibles campaign of 2003-04.
And Emery told Spanish paper El Mundo: “I did not promise titles, I promised to compete. What Wenger did in this club was very big.
“He managed to give a touch of quality to make the game more fluid and colourful, but little by little he lost the competitive gene.
“That is what was transmitted to me and what I was hired for when I interviewed Raul Sanllehi and the owners.
“The economic potential of United, City or Liverpool is greater than ours.
“But by history and structure, Arsenal is among the top ten clubs in Europe, and we have to place it there again.”
Emery went on to say he feels happier, relaxed and under less pressure at Arsenal.
In an intriguing interview, the Spaniard continued: “I would say [I feel] less pressured, nothing more.
“Here they make things easier for me. Arsenal is a very big club, but at the same time very close and affectionate.
“Everyone is willing to help. Respect is the first word you feel.
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“When I arrived in Paris, I tried to speak French and the answer, sarcastically, was that I did not speak it well.
“In London I use very basic English and everyone smiles at me and they thank me for trying.
“At Arsenal, I have the feeling, for the first time, of winning to build, not to survive.
“I feel the respect towards me even when we lose, but I want to ensure that the defeats hurt more, because it is a step to improve competitively.”