|Arsenal was a club on the downward slope for two years when I arrived,
Emery told France Football.
There was a process going on this season which took longer than expected with the departure of our leaders and below-par individual performance,
I wanted the team to defend higher. Thiago Silva is a great player, but I wanted him to be higher and I couldn't get him to accept that,
Emery told France Football: Arsenal was a club on a downward slope for two years before I arrived.
I was at a meeting with coaches, including Mauricio Pochettino,
Emery told France Football .