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Wenger praises Emery for bringing ‘defensive stability’ to Arsenal

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has praised his successor, Unai Emery, for bringing ‘defensive stability’ to the club.

Former Sevilla and PSG manager Emery replaced Wenger in the summer after the 69-year-old stepped down following 22 years in charge, and the Frenchman has been impressed by Emery’s impact since arriving at the club.

“I think Emery is doing an excellent job.’’ Wenger 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.”

Arsenal’s impressive 22 game unbeaten run came to an end with last weekend’s defeat at Southampton before they exited the League Cup on Wednesday at the hands of North London rivals Tottenham.

Emery will be hoping his side can bounce back when they host Burnley on Saturday.

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