Kylian Mbappe has revealed how new Arsenal boss Unai Emery helped him become a better player at PSG.
French wonderkid Mbappe, joined PSG last summer, initially on a season-long loan, and scored 21 goals in his debut season with the French champions.
And as the striker prepares for a debut World Cup with Les Bleus, he has put his development down to former boss Unai Emery, reports Football.London.
“Unai Emery taught me to be more decisive, to have that desire to score goals,” he said.
“Defensively, I still have shortcomings, but it really made me progress. He’s a great coach: Seven trophies in two years is not nothing.”
PSG didn’t renew Emery’s contract at the end of his two-year stay at the club; largely as a result of the Club’s poor showing in the Champions League. The French giants were knocked out in the round of 16 by eventual winners.
However, Mbappe insists that the players should share part of the blame too.
He added; “He (Emery) was made to wear the hat, but he is not the only one responsible,” said the attacker.
“We all have our share. If we think that by changing coach we will solve all the problems. We had to find a scapegoat.”
Meanwhile, Emery has earlier promised to give opportunities to Arsenal youngsters, but he maintained that they must earn it.
“In terms of young players, it’s important to give them the opportunities that they deserve,” said Emery. “And when they earn those opportunities, they also earn the respect of their teammates.
“I’ve never seen anything handed out for free in football and in terms of Arsenal and their history, the young players have always earned those opportunities.
“I’m not going to be closing the door to anyone, so I’ll be giving young players just the opportunities that they deserve.”