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Arsenal really are misfiring this season under Emery and at this rate with two premiership wins in nine games and five points from their last four games, they are in imminent danger of falling out of the top six and heading for a mid table finish. An over exaggeration ? I don’t think so because... The post Emery’s Tactical Fantasy is Clearly Haemorrhaging Points With the Competition Pulling Further Away appeared first on...
Arsenal really are misfiring this season under Emery and at this rate with two premiership wins in nine games and five points from their last four games, they are in imminent danger of falling out of the top six and heading for a mid table finish.
An over exaggeration ? I don’t think so because Arsenal can’t defend a lead of 2-0, let alone a slender 1-0.
What’s happening at present is a continuous collapse that shows no signs of ending. A downward spiral of epic proportions that seems completely unresolvable, as if Emery’s ideas have all dried up. Is anyone following him ? Is he unable to inspire ? Has he lost the support of the players ?
There’s something not right, with all the talent at his disposal, because it appears that Emery can’t find a system or formation that can squeeze a win.
After the earlier draw against Wolves and the recent Vardy sized whooping at Liecester, Emery needs a series of wins to not only get back in contention but to keep him in his job. Not overreacting ? this is now a crisis in the making and Emery is resembling the captain of a ship that has sprung a significant leak but one which sees him in denial. With the sea covering his shoes and the boat tipping into the water Emery declared,
“It’s a bad result, but tactically it worked how we wanted.”
Really Mr. Emery? Wolves had 25 shots compared to Arsenal’s 10 and even when the gunners were a goal to the good, it never really appeared that a favourable result was likely. As I said pre match, Arsenal can’t defend well enough, in significant numbers, with a collective determination to achieve anything other than a loss or a draw.
With the justifiable boo’s still ringing in his ears, Emery will console himself that he still has the support of his employers but these are the types of comments that normally have a hollow ring to them as results go awry.
The game itself against Wolves was a mixed bag and things looked fairly positive when Lacazette put Aubameyang through for his goal in the 21st minute but instead of tightening their grip, Arsenal began surrendering their ground.
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It was entirely inevitable that Wolves would get back on terms. when Joao Moutinho’s teasing ball into the area was met in the 76th minute by Mexican striker Raúl Jiménez’s head.
No Xhaka and No Mustafi to blame and fans couldn’t even complain that Mesut Ozil has been jettisoned onto his sofa for yet another game. Everything was in place for a win but it wasn’t forthcoming, even with the lions share of possession and the one of the sharpest attacks in the league, a win is still a stranger.
Ozil’s return saw more exquisite touches and he had ideas aplenty but this side can’t connect with them and it raises the age old question, is it the fault of Ozil or the failure to build support around him ?
That’s one hell of a question as the ship starts to disappear from sight and Emery takes a final deep breath before going under the water.
With Ozil all things seem possible, without him they seem highly improbable. He played this game with flair, energy and his usual swagger but was unable to single handedly serve up the win Arsenal fans yearned for.
At least they are on his side and they currently favour him heavily over his beleaguered Spanish coach in Emery, who can only look on as things unravel.
It wasn’t the best of starts against Wolves, Arsenal couldn’t even find their way out of their own half for the first quarter of an hour, it was as if they’d lost the coordinates or were fearful of the imposing white line that divided the pitch in half. As the game wore on, it had all the hallmarks of another disappointing day at the office.
The fact that Arsenal even have a point to put in the bank was due to a fine display of acrobatics from Bernd Leno who palmed Doherty’s effort aside and later met a curling shot by Rúben Neves.
Leno didn’t know before the game that he’d have to make up for so many lapses from Chambers, Sokratis and the rest of the leaky defence and perhaps should demand be a share of their wages as a result.
Horror of horrors, Wolves could have even won the game but for some inept finishing but they’d done enough to draw clouds to the Emirates.
Well it definitely has gotten worse now hasn’t it ? if things go from bad to worse for Emery then Arsenal could be twelve points behind Leicester after international break if they lose to the saints next. Jamie Vardy’s already relishing the feast he received this weekend and if Arsenal’s slap dash defence continue at this rate once again, Arsenal might actually be 20 points of the top of the league and its only November. Pretty damning for Unai Emery isn’t it.
Performances have been inconsistent but the speed with which Arsenal are losing ground is quite staggering and each loss heaps more pressure on Emery.
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You can dress up the 2-0 result of the Leicester Vs Arsenal game how you like, but a defeat is a defeat. Some will say that Arsenal were in with a shout and that had they taken their chances, things would have been different but the stats don’t lie. Looking at the stats from the... The post Clock Running out on the Emery Shaped Time bomb at Emirates as Apparent Underdogs Arsenal are out foxed by Leicester appeared first on...
You can dress up the 2-0 result of the Leicester Vs Arsenal game how you like, but a defeat is a defeat. Some will say that Arsenal were in with a shout and that had they taken their chances, things would have been different but the stats don’t lie.
Looking at the stats from the Leicester Vs Arsenal game, Leicester had 19 shots to Arsenal’s 8. Leicester had 7 on target to Arsenal’s 1 but in terms of possession, it was a closer run thing with 51% for the hosts to Arsenal’s 49% but visually that didn’t appear to be the case.
Leicester were the embodiment of endeavour, everywhere you looked across the field of play, someone was bursting forward searching for openings and testing Arsenal’s defence.
Arsenal were the complete opposite, sitting back, waiting for a lapse in concentration or a gift wrapped opening. The ball went square, passes in a backwards direction were preferred to those going forward. They seemed sluggish and demotivated and none typified this more than Lucas Torreira.
A shadow of his former self with the weight of the world on his shoulders and he looked completely out of salts. What has Emery done to this superb little player ?
Leicester Vs Arsenal was a contest where it was clear that one club were in the ascent, while the other was on the descent. Emery now cuts a lonely and desperate figure rolling the dice but with the same predictable results.
A back three, Ozil’s return to the side, Bellerin in an advanced role, Luiz marshalling the line but it was all to no avail. Arsenal still lost to a far more effective and compact team and in the first 45, they were content to do lots of defending, almost admiring their host’s sweeping football.
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Leicester played the way Arsenal used to and they had a grip on this game from the first whistle. Arsenal were left with the hope that their opposition would get sloppy and allow them to launch a counter attack. Arsenal are kings of sloppy play and they are so disjointed that the team doesn’t function and neither do the individual parts.
Lacazette missed a sitter and Aubameyang had a goal disallowed but apart from that, they didn’t really look like they were at the races.
Leicester have a solid engine, full of energy and ambition. They spray the ball across the pitch but they are willing to support in numbers to give themselves opportunities.
Arsenal ? I’m not sure what the plan was or even if there was one. Aubameyang was almost on the periphery as a wing back, we have wing backs for that !!
It seemed that Emery was looking for a point first and foremost and a win if possible and although there were some good things from Arsenal, they never looked likely to get the three crucial points from the Leicester Vs Arsenal game they needed.
At the final whistle, the faces of the teams couldn’t have been more contrasting. Brendan Rogers joined his jubilant Leicester players to applaud their supporters and to embrace his players. Arsenal’s players trudged off the field with pained expressions, while their coach Unai Emery departed down the tunnel as if the police were going to apprehend him for a crime.
The Spaniard is now overseeing a substantial collapse of the side in just about every way possible and his entire demeanour on the touchline is that of someone looking down the barrel of a gun, hoping the chamber is empty.
Leicester, who had been so clinical against Southampton, managed to squander a host of chances before Vardy got his obligatory goal in 68th minute and he also assisted James Maddison in the 75th.
From the stands, Arsenal chiefs Edu and Raul Sanllehi sat with blank expressions, no doubt wondering how things have managed to descend into chaos at such speed.
When Emery arrived, then CEO Ivan Gazidis announced proudly:
“He has a fantastic record of success wherever he has gone and interestingly one of the noteworthy things about Unai’s teams in that they improve over time.”
Perhaps Gazidis was having one last laugh at the fans expense, having been shafted by Stan Kroenke. In the meantime, the gap gets wider and the task of automatic qualification to the CL looks more unlikely. They may want to give Emery time but how much does he need ?
The minutes of added time were indicated from the board on the touchline but in all honesty, Arsenal would have needed another forty to fashion a chance in the Leicester Vs Arsenal fixture.
Neither Aubameyang or Lacazette appear to be enjoying life at the Emirates and I’m convinced one of them will not sign an extension to remain at the Emirates. Who would ?
He’s made quite an impact at Arsenal as a coach since his arrival at the Emirates and up until now, he has been standing in the shadows but Freddie Ljungberg may be thrust into the top job on a temporary basis if Unai Emery gets fired. It’s all speculation at present but if Emery can’t... The post Problems at Arsenal lie Much Deeper than Confused Tactics and new Players and Arsenal’s Assistant Coach may Have no Choice but to take the Reigns Soon Enough appeared first on...
He’s made quite an impact at Arsenal as a coach since his arrival at the Emirates and up until now, he has been standing in the shadows but Freddie Ljungberg may be thrust into the top job on a temporary basis if Unai Emery gets fired.
It’s all speculation at present but if Emery can’t get his side to put together a string of wins and gain valuable points, the Spaniard may be ejected before the end of his second season.
That’s very anti Arsenal but the club invested heavily during the summer of 2019 and there is a need to show some return, even at a commercial level. The Kroenke’s won’t let that facet of the enterprise escape them and even though it goes against the gunners managerial history, they may think it absolutely necessary.
Ljungberg arrived at Arsenal in 1998, having been signed directly by Arsene Wenger after scouts had kept tabs on him for 12 months. Ljungberg became a firm fan favourite for his ability to cause havoc on the wing, produce late runs into space and score important goals, in fact, one of the more productive partnerships in red and white was the one he enjoyed with Dennis Bergkamp.
The Dutchman had the ability to instinctively know where Ljungberg would be as the gunners surged forward. Ljungberg cut his playing ties with the gunners in 2007, but returned after a mixed playing career as a coach to the U15’s before a brief spell at Vfl Wolfsburg before taking up a post as the under 23 coach in 2018.
During his time in this position,Ljungberg managed to cultivate a fantastic team spirit and showed that he could motivate and mold a group of potentially talented youngsters into first team players.
That’s probably the reason Ljungberg was fast tracked to replace Steve Bould, who enjoyed no influence under Wenger and the same under was true under the controlling Emery.
Ljungberg is very much in the Arsenal mould of fostering exciting, free flowing football but his inexperience is a concern and having watched the struggles of Ole Gunner Solskjær at Manchester United, it may be better to wait a season or two.
Ljungberg may crave the job eventually but it’s premature at this point in his career, yet there may be no alternative as Arsenal nosedive this season and with questions being asked regarding the Spaniards ability to lead them out of trouble.
Trouble ? They are in fifth place in the premiership just 8 points behind Manchester City I hear you say, but it’s the two teams above them (Chelsea, Leicester) and the four below them (Sheffield United, Bournemouth, Brighton and Crystal Palace) that are the bigger concern.
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If Manchester United start to put a run together, they could, along with the aforementioned teams, shunt Arsenal down towards mid table. You wouldn’t rule it out at the moment because Arsenal couldn’t win a raffle even if they owned the only ticket.
Ljungberg’s name has emerged along with Mourinho, Arteta, Vieira and Allegri and it’s said that the players are bypassing the coach and conferring with his number two. The Mirror carried the story and published a quote allegedly from a player which declared that Emery does not offer clear and consistent instructions.
While the Express stated that youngster Bukayo Saka among others have publicly claimed they struggle to understand the former Paris Saint-Germain boss when he is trying to make a point.
We all suspected that the problem was deeper than confused tactics and new players. I’d love to see Freddie Ljunberg take the chair but at the moment, there are so many things wrong at the Emirates, it requires the experience of someone who can deliver miracles quickly. It’s getting to the stage where even they may be in short supply.
The embarrassing situation at the Emirates regarding the spat between Arsenal coach Unai Emery and his highly paid playmaker Mesut Ozil has taken a new, awkward twist. With Xhaka facing a period out of the gunners first team, the door opened, ever so slightly and reluctantly for Ozil’s return. His inclusion in the EFL game... The post A marriage of Inconvenience, Emery has no Choice but to use his Discarded Star as the Protagonist for Their Turnaround now appeared first on...
The embarrassing situation at the Emirates regarding the spat between Arsenal coach Unai Emery and his highly paid playmaker Mesut Ozil has taken a new, awkward twist.
With Xhaka facing a period out of the gunners first team, the door opened, ever so slightly and reluctantly for Ozil’s return. His inclusion in the EFL game against Liverpool was a welcome and slightly fortunate one but he took the opportunity to make Emery look slightly daft by putting in a creative shift full of sublime touches and creative flair.
It’s one of those stories where it seems the circumstances have been written for entertainment purposes but it’s been anything but for Ozil who has been made to look inadequate and inferior.
Emery declared that others deserved their chance in the side rather than Ozil, who despite the loan of Dani Cabellos, is still the most talented player at the club.
When he’s on song his football is effortless, often seeing things that aren’t possible in real time but at his level, the action tends to unfold as he foresaw.
Emery knows Ozil’s worth, not because it’s on his wage slip, but because everyone knows it. His downfall ? Being seen as lazy and inconsistent, which has been part of Emery’s unspoken argument for excluding the player.
It’s no secret the pair have no time for each other, none at all and with each standing their ground, the biggest loser has been football, Arsenal and it’s supporters.
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The fact that the Spaniard hasn’t got the best out of his star says more about his ability than the players. If the real Mesut Ozil turns up and turns it on, Emery will be between a rock and a hard place.
Humble pie is a difficult dessert to swallow and no doubt Arsenal will say that Emery’s act of exclusion has revived the playmaker’s flagging football fortunes but surely there was another and cheaper way.
So, this blog will either look incredibly intuitive as the season progresses or it will vindicate Emery, who will once again be able to point to a series of unproductive and inconsistent performance from Ozil being the merit behind their earlier spat and subsequent exile.
Let’s hope for the best possible result for Arsenal after the international break and if that includes a great individual performance by Ozil and going on to continue throughout the season, who will complain ? Emery might.
Arsenal have been the centre of quite a lot of media controversies lately due to their poor form that has led to a massive unrest among the fans but also due to Granit Xhaka. Last Sunday, Unai Emery‘s men lost a 2 goal advantage against local rivals Crystal Palace after conceding a penalty and a... The post Here is why Unai Emery is to Blame for Simply Throwing Granit Xhaka Under the bus? appeared first on...
Last Sunday, Unai Emery‘s men lost a 2 goal advantage against local rivals Crystal Palace after conceding a penalty and a second half equaliser from Jordan Ayew. Apart from the continuity of mediocrity that Emery somehow managed to maintain, the pressure was taken off by his captain Xhaka who upset the fans even more.
Halfway through the second half the Swiss international’s number came up on the substitution board to which the fans reacted by cheering his departure off the pitch. This wasn’t something new the midfielder had faced as the last time this happened was just a week ago against Sheffield United where the Londoners lost to a lone goal. Though there was no initial reaction from the player to the fans being overjoyed by his substitution, the fact that he walked off rather slow when his side desperately needed a goal upset the fans.
What followed was a mass of boos and jeers from the home crowd as their captained walked off. However, it did not stop there as the former Borussia Monchengladbach man proceeded to cup his hand to his ear in a gesture to mock the fans. As he reached the touchline, the skipper snubbed a handshake from the gaffer and proceeded to throw his shirt away whilst shouting the fans to ‘fu*k off’ as he walked down the tunnel looking very distraught.
Naturally the fans did not take the incident well and have been out for blood ever since. Majority of the match going fans believed he should be stripped of captaincy.
The ex-Basel star has never been a favourite among fans due to his error-prone nature, despite drastically improving and becoming one of the most pivotal players in midfield for the North London outfit last season, forming a great partnership with new arrival Lucas Torreira. With just 1 single error leading to shot last season (yes, shocking), the playmaker’s improvement was much more than significant. Nevertheless, fans never paid attention to that and carried on with their agenda. After all, these are the same group of people who voted Alexandre Lacazette as Arsenal Player of the Season for the last term.
However, despite what Xhaka did and despite it being beyond unprofessional, the Gooners had such a breakdown coming. The fans have never been fair to the player; from expecting him to be a defensive midfielder – which he isn’t – to abusing him on the pitch and on social media constantly.
Though Arsenal are often associated with class, the fans have shown none of that for their skipper. They have always been quick to criticise and slow to praise, which wouldn’t have been an issue if that’s where it ends. The Albanian has often had to disable comments on his social media posts so as to avoid being bombarded with abusive comments which ranged from asking him to ironically ‘fu*k off’ from their club to telling him he’d be doing a favour to the club if he took his own life.
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But get this, it doesn’t even stop there. When Xhaka stripped these abusive fans of their ability to send abusive comments, they took to doing that on his wife’s posts — who was pregnant at the time. Following the birth of their child, these “fans” followed up by commenting obscenities about the little girl with multiple comments suggesting the infant should be subjected sexual assault.
Everyone reaches a breaking point at some time or the other and this was Xhaka’s. This moment had been built up since the day he signed for the Emirates side over 3 years ago.
Emery did not help his case by stating “he [Xhaka] was wrong” during the post-match interview, completely throwing him under the bus. Under Arsene Wenger, such a thing wouldn’t have happened as he always defends his men publicly and deals how he sees fit behind the scenes. Looking back at the Alexis Sanchez incident where the Chilean had completely made the dressing room a hostile environment, Wenger refused to throw him under the bus.
The Emmanuel Eboue incident was quite similar, where yet again the Frenchman had defended his player instead of singling him out publicly, generating an even stronger reaction from the fans. If I were to speculate, it was a perfect strategy from the former Sevilla man to shift attention from his woeful management in recent months.
However, it was widely reported that the dressing room supported the Swiss as they felt the fans were equally responsible for the entire debacle, with reports suggesting Emery would lose the dressing room if captaincy changes. Torreira was even spotted by the club’s official photographer shedding tears when the incident took place.
Didn't want to post these pictures but felt I had to. This is Lucas Torreira's emotional reaction to the abuse Granit Xhaka received after his substitution, in tears and inconsolable. Absolute love and respect for his captain. pic.twitter.com/ijKOvwkYx2
— Stuart MacFarlane (@Stuart_PhotoAFC) October 28, 2019
So called fans sending death threats to player wives, wishing cancer on their children and screaming at player for not signing a shirt they’ll sell on eBay. Not the Arsenal I fell in love with.
— Stuart MacFarlane (@Stuart_PhotoAFC) October 31, 2019
The situation must be well beyond grim for official employees working closely with the club to be coming out with such statements.
Nevertheless, Xhaka was eventually stripped of captaincy which has now been handed to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Reports have surfaced that the Gunners are already looking to offload the midfielder during the January transfer window and are actively on the lookout for suitors, despite him issuing an apology to the fans.
The following is a message from Granit Xhaka… pic.twitter.com/YG5lBKmQvi
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) October 31, 2019
Safe to say Xhaka no longer has a future at Arsenal, even though everything could’ve been handled in a much, much more calm and professional manner. But instead the manager has chosen to throw his player under the bus and antagonise him further in the eyes of the supporters. The same phrase is what pops up every single time the incident surfaces — “this wouldn’t have happened under Wenger.”
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Unai Emery lives in a glass bubble I’m afraid. His calls for patience will fall on deaf ears as Arsenal prepare for a uphill battle for a top four finish in the Premier League after their disappointing 2-0 loss to Leicester City. The supporters have been reasonably patient but with a series of uninspiring and... The post Emery Calls for Patience but Some Fans Have Seen Enough as Arsenal Stray From Their own Blueprint appeared first on...
Unai Emery lives in a glass bubble I’m afraid. His calls for patience will fall on deaf ears as Arsenal prepare for a uphill battle for a top four finish in the Premier League after their disappointing 2-0 loss to Leicester City.
The supporters have been reasonably patient but with a series of uninspiring and insipid performances, the faith placed in Emery is gradually draining away.
It would be a whole lot different if fans saw some improvement but there’s precious little of that. In fact, if truth be told, Arsenal have shown signs of regression despite reinforcing in the summer to the tune of £138m.
For all his experience in football, Emery is currently being outshone by virtual novice Frank Lampard at Chelsea, who is in his first season in the top flight and has had no money to spend because of a transfer ban.
In his second season in charge at the Emirates, fans anticipated much better than what they have currently seen and what they feel they are owed.
Emery may be looking for more understanding and time, but the majority of fans have seen enough as the clouds appear to hover over the North London club. They have only managed one win in five premiership fixtures and have looked clueless, often struggling to maintain a lead.
“I think, for the supporters, they have seen that their team needs more to improve to achieve the best results. I can and I want to say to them: they must have patience.”
“In some circumstances they did not help us but we are trying to achieve the best emotional balance with the players.”
However he can’t blame the fans for the performances, lack of ambition or determination. That unfortunately falls on the shoulders of the coach.
The fans have limited input and aren’t responsible for instructions, tactics or the motivation of players. They pay good money to be entertained but that’s not happening. They travel home and away to see their team challenge in all competitions, but the side are well short of meeting even that expectation.
Emery needs to find a team that can be resolute but attacking. He needs to stop rotating immediately and stick to the spine of an Arsenal team that can compete week in and week out. Then the pessimism will disappear and the fans and club can move on.
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