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Arsene Wenger believes Unai Emery’s summer signings have brought ‘defensive stability’ back to Arsenal this season. Emery took on the unenviable task of succeeding Wenger in the summer and has adapted seamlessly in his opening few months in north London, leading Arsenal on a 22-match unbeaten streak from August through to December. The Spaniard, desperate to bolster his defensive options, brought in Bernd Leno, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Lucas Torreira, and Arsenal’s summer recruits have all impressed to varying degrees. However, back-to-back defeats at the hands of Southampton and Tottenham in the Premier League and Carabao Cup respectively have have threatened to spoil the party during a busy winter period for the Gunners.
Wenger, though, is confident that he left the club in good hands when Emery took over the reins ahead of the 2018/19 campaign. ‘I think Emery is doing an excellent job,’ he told beIN SPORTS. ‘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.’
Emery urged his players to be more ‘efficient’ in the wake of Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat to Spurs on Wednesday evening. ‘I think we worked like we want, like we prepared,’ the Spaniard said. ‘We created chances in the first half to score but our efficiency wasn’t good for us. ‘We didn’t concede a lot to them, but they have quality and they scored.