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Arsenal legend Robert Pires has revealed the biggest difference between Unai Emery and Arsene Wenger. Wenger won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups during his 22-year stay at the Emirates. He was criticised by a large number of Arsenal fans during his final few years at the club, however, as Arsenal dropped out of the Champions League. Wenger left in the summer and his replacement, 47-year-old former PSG and Sevilla boss Emery, has revitalised the club this season.
The Gunners have gone 21 games unbeaten under the Spaniard and Pires has offered an insight into how he is different to legendary manager Wenger. Asked about Emery barking orders to his team from the touchline, Pires told inews: ‘Maybe this is one of the differences between Wenger and Emery. ‘But management is very difficult, you need to find a good communication with the players. Sometimes Arsene is more quiet, Unai Emery is more – how do you say? – expressive. ‘I know Unai because of when he used to manage Sevilla and especially Paris Saint-Germain.
‘He is a winner, he has won a lot of titles: the Europa League with Sevilla, Ligue 1 with Paris Saint-Germain. ‘I think he’s put a good spirit inside the dressing room. I think Arsenal have found a new face, maybe with a new philosophy, because this guy is like a warrior. ‘You can see him when he’s on the bench: he’s a little bit crazy, but good crazy. ‘He wants to help, every minute, the players. You need to talk, you need to have good communication with the players. I think this is a new thing for them, but a good thing.’ Former France star Pires played a role in two Premier League title triumphs and admits it is strange to watch Arsenal now Wenger has left.