Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette has opened up on the big differences between former coach Arsene Wenger and his successor Unai Emery.
Emery arrived at the Emirates Stadium last summer with some big boots to fill in the iconic Wenger, who is both Arsenal’s longest-serving and most successful coach in history.
The Frenchman delivered three Premier League titles, seven FA Cups and Community Shields to north London. He also reached the Champions League final in 2006.
Undisputedly, though, Wenger’s biggest achievement at Arsenal came during the 2003/04 season, where his “invincibles” went the entire campaign undefeated on route to the Premier League crown.
14 years later, however, Wenger’s relationship with Gunners supporters had turned sour upon failing to win another league title and going eight seasons without silverware before winning the FA Cup once more in 2014.
Despite bringing home another two FA Cups, Wenger’s time at Arsenal came to an end in 2018 upon successive failures to finish in the Premier League top-four.
Now Emery is the man tasked with returning Arsenal back to the Champions League, and the Spaniard is on course to reach his main target.
The Gunners sit in fourth-place in the standings and just a point behind north London rivals Tottenham in third ahead of the final five matches of the season.
Furthermore, three-time Europa League winner Emery has led Arsenal to the semi-finals of the competition as they look to go one better than last season.
And Lacazette has now revealed how Arsenal have improved on their defensive issues and tactics under Emery compared to the Wenger era.
“There’s a lot of difference. We work tactically more, we do more video as well, how the coach speaks is different than Wenger. It’s different,” the Frenchman told Sky Sports.
“It’s hard to always compare the coaches because they have their own technique to manage the team.
“I think we are better every month, better and better, we are improving.
“It was one of the targets of the coach to concede less goals, even if this season we concede many goals, away as well he wanted us to keep a clean sheet. We did it and he wants us to do it again.
“Everything is in our hands now. If we win every game we go to Champions League – we want to go Champions League so we have to do our best all the games to go there.”
Emery has won 32 and lost 11 of his 50 matches in charge of Arsenal in all competitions this season.
The London club will play host to Crystal Palace on Sunday for their next Premier League match.