Arsenal winger Nicolas Pepe has admitted that he was unhappy about the sacking of Unai Emery but insists that Freddie Ljungberg has had a better understanding with the players.
Emery was shown the door at Arsenal after a string of poor results that cumulated in the 1-2 home loss to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League.
Since his £72 million move from French club Lille, Pepe has struggled to adapt to the Premier League, scoring just a single goal in the league.
In an interview with RMC Sport, Pepe admitted that it was sad seeing Emery lose his job, "It was painful because he is a coach who gave me the chance to come to Arsenal. We must not forget that. For me, it was something painful.
Pepe had this to say when asked about Ljungberg's appointment on an interim basis, "As he was a player, he understands us better. He speaks a lot with us, so for us it is quite simple for us to understand him like for him it is quite easy to understand us.
"Right now there are some players who are playing others who are not. That’s football, it’s like that. It is the coach who decides. If I am on the bench, it is up to me to put the work in to get back in the starting line-up."