Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has hit out at Unai Emery after the club’s former manager blamed the attitude of some of his players for his failings with the Gunners.
Emery was sacked in November after a dreadful run of form, and he recently claimed in an interview with France Football that some of his players were not strong enough, saying: “We have missed personalities this season to stay on track. And some stars did not have the right attitude and asked for more than they gave.”
Wright appeared angry at Emery appearing to pass the buck, however, and speaking on the Kelly & Wrighty Show he slammed the Spanish boss.
“Under the old manager it was like a regime, it wasn’t very enjoyable, they didn’t know where they were going, there wasn’t a lot of direction in what they were doing,” Wright said.
“And when you hear the quotes from Unai Emery… delusional comments if you ask me.
“Yes (they got to a Europa League final) but it was the worst performance of an Arsenal team in a final.
“Because again, whatever he says, the players weren’t happy, there wasn’t a vision or direction, the communication was poor.”
Wright compared the reactions of Emery and Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger when they left their roles at the club, and thinks Emery has handled his departure badly.
He continued: “This is the difference with Arsene Wenger, 21 years, he doesn’t come out and stay stuff like that.
“He (Emery) was coming in as the guy that was going to steer us back and everyone gave him the support.
“He was a gentleman when he was at the club, but to hear him say those things is quite sad to see.”
“For me, he’s probably looking for a new job, trying to put himself back out there.”