Arsenal legend Lee Dixon has given some inside knowledge into the changes that his old club have undergone since Unai Emery replaced Arsene Wenger.
The Spanish coach arrived in north London last summer to replace Wenger after 22 years in the Arsenal dugout.
Comparisons between Emery and Wenger have been almost inevitable as observers keenly follow the former Paris Saint-Germain manager’s progress during his debut campaign at Arsenal.
Now Dixon, who made 616 appearances back in the day for the Gunners, still knows quite a few guys at the club and has given some insight into how Emery’s training sessions differ to that of Wenger’s.
“The training intensity and the accountability in training with what is expected of them has gone up,” said Dixon, according to talkSPORT.
“I know that for a fact because I’ve still got a few people knocking around the training ground that I can ask how things are going.
“The little insider has kind of said training has completely changed in that respect, which I think’s a good thing.”
Emery has won 28 of his 45 games in charge of Arsenal and appears on course to return them to Champions League after a two-season absence with the Gunners sitting fourth in the Premier League table.
Things are also going well in the Europa League following Arsenal’s stunning 3-0 second leg comeback win over Rennes to progress from their last-16 4-3 on aggregate.
“We’ve seen this season some of the results have been fantastic, some of the performances have been brilliant,” Dixon added.
“Tottenham at home they were sensational, they played well away from home as well, the game against United recently.
“But then they’ll throw in a Rennes (performance) away from home and some of the results they had in that (unbeaten) run they went on at the start of the season, they should have been 3-0 down against West Ham at home and they won the game easily.”