“I had a conversation with Arsene [Wenger] when I came back from Bournemouth. He said, ‘Look, you can leave. You’re not going to get a new contract here’.
“(But) knowing Arsene the way I knew him and how much he rated me as a footballer, I knew if I got myself fit there were lots of games and I could get myself into that team.
“I wish I had that same mentality when I sat down with Emery and he said, ‘Look, there’s a contract on the table but you’re not in my starting XI’.
“I remember walking out angry, because I thought I was going to play, I proved myself the year before.”