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Wenger gives his verdict on Emery’s work at Arsenal

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Arsene Wenger praised his successor Unai Emery for the progress he’s pulled off on Arsenal’s defence this season

The Spaniard replaced Wenger at Arsenal in the summer and has since won 17 of his first 24 games in charge of the club.

Although the Gunners have conceded 23 goals in the Premier League, which pales in comparison to fourth-place Chelsea’s 14 and leaders Liverpool’s seven.

Regardless, there have been notable signs of improvement in the Arsenal defence this season with the likes of Stephan Lichtsteiner and Sokratis Papastathopoulos being brought in during the summer to bolster their backline.

Meanwhile, Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira has helped the Arsenal defence with his physical and aggressive approach being a welcome change at the club.

And Wenger has been left impressed with what he has seen at the Emirates Stadium.

“I think Emery is doing an excellent job,” Wenger told beIN Sports on YouTube.

“With the recruits he has brought in, it has brought a form of defensive stability and so I think everything is going well.

“The team is in good hands and I always said that. A lot of people thought when I left the club that the team would need to completely rebuild – I never thought that.

“I am very happy that these people have been proven wrong.”

The Frenchman himself intends to return to football management next month, although a return to the Premier League appears unlikely.