Mikel Arteta aims dig at Unai Emery during chat with Arsenal legend Ian Wright

Mikel Arteta claims the 'energy' wasn't right at Arsenal when he replaced Unai Emery in the hotseat.

The ex-Sevilla boss was axed following a seven-game winless streak, with Arteta taking the reins following Freddie Ljunberg's temporary spell in charge.

Arteta arrived from Manchester City where he had been working under Pep Guardiola and his arrival saw an improvement in results at the Emirates.

The Spaniard aimed a dig at Emery by suggesting there was a disconnect at the club.

Speaking to Ian Wright, Arteta said: "It is happening [the transformation].

"Coming into the club in that moment wasn’t easy but you mention a key word which is ‘energy’ and I felt that the energy around the training ground and the stadium wasn’t right for this magnificent club.

"I was here and was lucky to play here so everyone first of all has to feel in that way.

"There was a lot of disconnection in many areas and I wanted to bring everyone together.

"First of all to make everyone understand how lucky we are to be here and then a very clear direction of where we have to be."

Meanwhile, Wright claims Gunners new boy Kieran Tierney will be a 'magnificent' player for the club, despite a difficult start.

Arteta added: "I totally agree with you. I'm really looking forward to working with him and giving him the opportunity to play.

"His attitude, his commitment, his will; it's incredible. I think he's going to bring something special to us.

"It's a shame, but it's part of his development.

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