Unai Emery “struggled with top players” at Arsenal claims former Gunners defender Stephan Lichtsteiner.
Spaniard Emery was sacked as Arsenal manager last week after 18 months in charge at the Emirates – having overseen seven matches without a win.
And Switzerland international Lichtsteiner, who left north London to join Augsburg last summer, has explained the reason for Emery’s failure at the Gunners.
“I’d say [he is] a good trainer, a good coach, but maybe he struggled with the top players,” Lichtsteiner told the i.
“With the big players, he hasn’t maybe the relationship to bring more out [of them] and get the top performances.
“Maybe that point I can say [something] negative, but the rest was almost everything positive.
“When a manager doesn’t play you for two months it is easy to criticise. That’s not my style.
“Over a long time it was really good, then the last two months [of the season] I didn’t really understand what had happened.
“The training was good, the team that we had last year was an amazing team, so it’s not my thing to speak badly about the coach because it is too easy now to say something against him.”
Lichtsteiner, 35, was a rare old head in the Arsenal side during his season at the club.
And he reckons that the lack of experience at the Gunners is one of the main reasons for their downfall.
“The quality of the young players that Arsenal have is amazing, but you need to have players around that can help them,” he says.
“Sometimes, an older player can manage the pressure and the criticism from the fans in another way from a young player. Last year, [despite] all the criticism I took, I was used, because I played for Juve and it was not different, I played for Lazio and it was not different.
“Now, I don’t see the players who can show the younger players how to manage being in a big club and having the pressure to win every weekend.”
“Maybe that [experience] is something that Arsenal are missing.”