Emery praises attitude as Arsenal secure away win

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Unai Emery praised his side’s attitude as Arsenal beat Huddersfield 2-1 although he admits his side didn’t control the game the way he’d have liked.

Goals from Alex Iwobi and Alex Lacazette put the Gunners in charge at the break but the way the Premier League’s bottom side dominated possession in the second half, created more chances and eventually reduced the deficit, albeit late in the game, was a concern.

While the performance was far from pretty, Emery was pleased that his side ended a six-game winless streak away from home, dating back to November.

“It was a good victory and very good work today,” the Spaniard told the BBC. “We said before the match we have to run like they are going to run because they needed these three points.

“First we had to bring the attitude to struggle in the 90 minutes and after we wanted to control the match with possession. We didn’t take the possession in the 90 minutes but they conceded in the transitions because they pushed a lot with the high press. We found moments in the match to make the difference.

“Today, I think our work was very good and it breaks our away record because we didn’t win away from home in a long time. Our way is continuing and we are closer to the top four.”

Arsenal were 30 seconds away from securing their first clean sheet away from home before Sead Kolasinac put through his own net. While another defensive blip proved frustrating, Emery made clear that victory was all that mattered.

He added: “A clean sheet is another thing we want before every match but we spoke about a lot of things about the match and the win is the first thing, we just had to score one goal more than them.

“The attitude is great from everybody. We had to struggle for 90 minutes because we knew they’d push and they pushed. When we had our chances to be calm and finish our chances, maybe we can do better but it’s good work today, in all situations offensively and defensively.”

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Too Drunk To Be Offside
Too Drunk To Be Offside

I like Unai. I don’t understand why the fans are turning against him slowly. Its his first season and he has delivered some good wins, Tottenham, Chelsea went on a long unbeaten run, till Holding’s injury.

He is trying to do the best with the mess Wenger left behind and one of his players is already playing like a champion – Torriera.

Give him the space he needs to fix the defense. Back off ppl.

martin
martin

I agree that he is being treated unfairly by some of our toxic supporters but I still cannot see that Wenger left a mess behind. A lot of the problems have been caused by injuries. Bellerin, Holding, Koscielny, Monreal, Kolasanic, Xhaka, Ozil, Ramsey, Aubameyang and Lacazette is not the worst squad in the world

Pkub
Pkub

Finally someone with common sense.
It really drives me mad seeing all that negativity towards Unai.

To me, he’s doing a very good job with the players he has available. If someone told me at the start of the season we’ll be fighting for the 4th place in February, I’d be happy out.
Of course there’s decisions we might all disagree with Emery, but let the man do his job!

Gazzapell
Gazzapell

I think the thing under wenger that can’t be dismissed is the soft mentality he allowed, we collapsed early in so many important games with 2 or 3 different teams that you can only look at the manager for that
Personally I believe he left an unbalanced team and am happy with the progress of Emery, the unbeaten run aside I think we are where I expected us to be, with some exciting new talent bedding in

Fuhgedaboudit
Fuhgedaboudit

Collapsed early under Emery too. 3-1 loss to City, and 5-1 to Liverpool. So, basically, there hasn’t been too much difference, but we do have to understand that the injuries to our defensive players have been devastating. Bellerin, Holding, Koscielny, Sokratis, Mustafi, all out for injuries at one time or another. Once our defense is healthy next year, then we should get a better idea of Emery as a coach.

OnAnyBlock
OnAnyBlock

Synopsis of said mess can be split into two broad categories:

Player acquisition: We smashed our transfer record on a player that was never a necessity. We desperately required a striker, should have got Higuain, made ourselves a laughing stock because of Luis Suarez, and instead brought in an assist machine in Mesut.

Our biggest transfer window has largely been a total waste of money. We brought in Mustafi, Xhaka, and Perez. The fact is if we could have all that money back or all 3 players, almost all supporters would be unilateral in asking for refunds.

To rectify issue one, we broke our transfer record again on a striker…got scared because we had other issues and broke our transfer record yet again on yet another striker.

Player retention: We have lost numerous assets on free transfers (Sagna, Ramsey, Wilshire) due to an inability to make tough decisions. Leaving us haemorrhaging cash for transfers.

Overpaid mediocre players thus making them almost impossible to get rid of (Bendtner, Gibbs, Perez)

Players have held us to ransom due to our inability to deal with expiring contracts. Theo was the prototype, and Mesut quite simply has made out like a bandit. Ramsey leaving is largely due to this very same issue

I’ll stop now. Apologies for the Santori Length Post (SLP)…you hate to see it.

Dave Cee
Dave Cee

I don.t think you go far enough! Squad and finamces are a shambles of Wenger/Gazidis making. Would have liked to see much bigger surgery in the summer but can understand why it didn.t happen. Hopefully now UE has had a chance to assess the players we will see that surgery this summer

Santori
Santori

You need a longer post to fully extol the issues we are facing and it wasn’t just a case of Wenger buying poorly or Mustafi costing us the season.

These are silly reasons some prefer to conveniently use without fully understanding the causes that have led to the predicament we are in.

Santori length is but a synopsis of what is happening.

But we live in a world of convenient tweet length explanations alas.

People prefer not to confront the real issues instead fall back on comfortable red herrings.

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down

Sorry Martin but definitely a mess. You can’t just throw out names like that. Go through the squad Arsène left from goalkeeper out & it was a mess. Not strong enough & unbalanced. Not to mention mentally weak & lacking in real leadership. 13 points outside the top 4 does not tell a lie.
You can love Arsène & still accept that he just stayed on too long and made his successors job way harder than it would have been if he had left 2, 3 or 4 years earlier.

Dobby
Dobby

I think it’s fair to say he left a good attack but our away record last season does suggest he didn’t exactly leave a good defence… all honesty I think Bellerin is the only player from last seasons 4 worth keeping. Maybe kos, but age is catching up to him and I doubt he will chose to stay beyond this season. Mustafi needs shipping and monreal looks past it now too. I think theres actually too much focus on the manager at the moment and not enough on the players. We keep talking about getting more out of them but some of these players are just bad footballers

Tungor_Adams
Tungor_Adams

Wenger did one major mistake, being so eager to prove a point that he allowed Özil the 350k/w. Ozil is not the 1st overpaid impossible to offload player we have had, but this one is so extreme it kills our new managers possibilities to recruit players we actually need. This error doesn’t define AWs career, But blowing away our wage structure in his final year in my eyes dents the legacy of “always respecting our values”, repeatedly expressed when loosing more important players in earlier years

Santori
Santori

Conveniently, when it is, its Wenger’s fault.

That decision was made when Mslintat and Raul had a ready wrestled control of market proceedings off of Wenger.

Rich
Rich

You’re pissing into the wind… A large section of our fan base are completely demented.

I was expecting us to finish 6th this season, I still think that’s where we’ll likely finish, but I certainly didn’t think Emery in?/ Emery out? Would become an actual “Thing” for at least 18 months….

The problem Emery has got now is that the players can’t possibly feel that the fans are on board with them, and that makes things even more difficult.
United simply have a better squad of players, and they also have the fans now back on board with the players, they’ve got the momentum now.

I think our best bet is catching Spurs who have a horrible set of fixtures.

KongoKim
KongoKim

“his player”…hilarious …”the mess wenger left behind” ….we needed a change, thats for sure. but it disgusts me how people talk about wenger. ungrateful fuckers!! now get off my backyard or im calling the cops!

Tim Miller
Tim Miller

So Torreira is good thanks to Emery. He was good before Arsenal, too (ask Samp supporters). If you want to give Emery credit, go ahead, but if your only argument is Torreira, I’d say I’d need a little bit more convincing. Why is it always that people want to fully credit/blame manages for the personal achievements/failures of players?

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

Bellerin, Holding, Laca, Kola, Guendouzi, Iwobi, Xhaka…. all have notably improved under Emery. Unfortunately injuries denied us the stability.

Pkub
Pkub

I’m quite shocked at the ‘thumbs down’ you got Red-Sky.
Each one of these players seriously improved this season, I’m assuming some people have short memory?

I can only see more positives coming once they all get well organised & Unai gets to bring his own additions to the squad.

Too Drunk To Be Offside
Too Drunk To Be Offside

You must have a very short memory. Remember last season under Wenger when Arsenal were 10 points behind 4th place (11 Feb, 2018).

At the same point Arsenal are only 1 point behind.

You want to live in denial go ahead, but Unai has done wonders with what he has at his disposal.

Arshavin's Shadow
Arshavin's Shadow

Wonders? He’s done wonders!? Stop acting like your club is chopped liver and that Emery is a Michelin star chef who’s turned it into sous vide parfait. His handling of Ozil is a complete shambles. Take an already underappreciated, overscutinised player and vilify him further. A great manager would lift the whole team to greatness. What about Ramsey? He’s Arsenal through and through. How do you just stop all contract talks and let him walk? It’s a disgrace. Wenger was a wonderful manager and the people blaming him for all our failures only point to their lack of intelligence.

atom
atom

@ashavin

I take it you haven’t watched Arsenal the past few years. The past few years under Wenger we were a team with no discernable style, a shambles of a defense and collapsed every time the pressure was on. We also were one of the worst run clubs in terms of letting players run down contracts, overpaying players (Ozil is one of the 10 highest paid players in all of Europe) & selling players for virtually nothing/free.

Wenger did a lot of great things for this club and should be appreciated, but let’s not pretend like he left Emery the invincibles either. He left a team that was genuinely concerned about dropping to 7th last year.

Arshavin's Shadow
Arshavin's Shadow

@atom…I have watched almost every game for the last 10 years. It’s this season that I’m finding it tough to watch. I don’t like Emery’s treatment of the players that we’re not only paying big money to, but that we should rely on to create chances. Teenager Guendouzi and Iwobi our biggest threats? That’s what feels off. How can he have a good system where he makes our arguably most important players sit on the bench. He’s not looking like a genius does he when we’re not winning games? Not playing well offensively, not playing defense well, not winning games and STILL refusing to play our best creative players. It makes no sense. How is the team supposed to have any cohesion?
Don’t forget last season we almost made it to the Europa League final but got very unlucky against Atletico and their stingy defense. I feel building on the experience of last season with most of our existing players mixed with the new guys we acquired it would have been smarter. Instead Qzil is streaming Fortnite on Twitch. It’s crazy.
At the end of the day, what are you a fan of bec. without the players it’s just the shirt. Let’s just fill our squad with Sevilla players and PSG reserves and call it Arsenal. I’m sorry but I am not impressed with Emery. Just looking at him on the sideline makes me uncomfortable for some reason. Idk, let’s see what happens with the Europa League this season. However, excuse me for not holding my breath.

atom
atom

I wouldn’t say we got “unlucky” against Atletico. We had them down to 10 men virtually the entire first game and still allowed one of our trademark sloppy goals. From that point on the tie was over – they were a much better team and we never were going to beat them in Madrid.

The Ozil thing I really don’t have a problem with even if it’s a lot more contentious. Ozil hasn’t been consistently playing at a world class level for awhile now (he’s capable of it but doesn’t consistently do it). I would assume there’s also stuff going on behind the scenes for it to get to this point as Ramsey still plays.

The bigger issue on this article though is so many fans seem to look back at the past few years with rose colored glasses and forget just how bad things had gotten under Wenger, Gazidas & Kroenke (it’s also his fault for letting Wenger/Gazidas leave this big of a mess). The club is an absolute mess with a squad that quite frankly isn’t good enough to do anything other than compete for 4th and requires a bit of luck for even that to work out.

Santori
Santori

Torreira had some shockers.

Against BHA, Soton and Liverpool he lost the ball in midfield 5 plus times either with misplaced passes or having the ball stolen off of him.

Had it been Granit there would have been the usual uproar.

And 3 of those occasions led directly to goals against us.

We dropped 8 points in those games two of which were very winnable.

But apparently Mustafi cost us the season.

Red-Wing
Red-Wing

The mess Wenger left behind? Wenger had a weaker squad than him. No proper DM in Torreira, no Sokratis, and Giroud instead of Aubameyang up until half a season before he left. He had Sanchez though, but I think we did some decent transfer business to fill his void last january.

Atom
Atom

I love arsenal but objectively we by far have the weakest squad in the top 6. Only aba would be guaranteed to start for any of the other top 6 and he wouldn’t at [email protected]

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

Wenger had a better squad untill his last season.
Sanchez , Ozil at his best, Cazorla, Ox, Walcott, Per…. etc
And more importantly much less injuries than now.

Honestly it’s a ridiculous comparison.
Arsenal is worse in every possible position except center-forward where we have 2 strikers. [ we should play one and bench the other for a more flowing game ]

Santori
Santori

Sokratis isn’t that good a defender.

Torreira was PISS POOR against BHA, Soton and Liverpool, west Ham even 5 giveaways or balls robbed of him 3 of which led directly to goals.

That was at least 8 points lost.

Giroud scored us goals for 12m.

Wenger bought well. Whether he bought enough or skimped on defense was an issue.

BUT Mslintat and Raul have not been that great.

Last January we could have bought Mahrez but brought in Mhkitaryan instead.

In the summer we did not do the business to get a really good Cback instead going for low hanging fruit for a stop gap and of course wasting wage bill on Lichsteiner when we had Chambers and AMN.

And lets not forget, Mslintat and Raul were in charge of contract negotiations with Ozil last January not Wenger.

Very convenient to blame Wenger when it suits ones agenda but then laud praise on Mslintat the other way.

Dobby
Dobby

What a ridiculous argument. Wenger had a weak squad… that he built. Emery has a slightly better squad but largely composed of the the weak squad that Wenger built. Acting like Wenger was made to suffer with his own purchases and emery has a great squad is hilarious

Granit(e) Hard!
Granit(e) Hard!

Well, i think all fans, self included, were supportive, at the beginning bcos its the beginning of a new era and you could see what he was trying to do….fast forward to now..some fans, lots, and its growing, are less supportive, again self included, bcos we cant see what he is trying to do anymore, and the football is downright ugly, win or lose. Players seem to be caught between different playing philosophies, probably hence the ongoing frequently misplaced passes, formations and personnel are frequently chopped and changed that it must be confusing to whoever is picked, and he has obviously gotbit wrong more than a few times recently… hence the lack of the famous wenger word automatism, which of course is the prerequisite for our once known trademark of one touch sleek beautiful football, which today, by the way, Huddersfield, bottom of the league were frequently better than us doing, though we did win…thats why fans are growing uneasy. I remember vividly peps first season going thru the same problems and john stone, trying to play out from the back, got caught and led to a goal….pep applauded from the touch line and at the post press when questioned about his bizarre begaviour, he famously said he is happy if his team loses doing the right thing, than winning doing the wrong thing bcos he knows when they eventually get it right, tjey will be a formidable thing to beat…time has proved him right…thats what seems to be missing with Emery, that convinction of a certain way of playing, and the personnel set up to achieve that….thats the root cause of the growing fan unrest…the seeming loss of footballing identity, look at the whole match and other recent matches again, and be honest…does it look or feel like we have a philosophy we are playing to?…even the players look, and play confused!…in my opinion of course

Reality check
Reality check

Sheikhs have backed Pep’s vision with sacks full of millions, they’ve spent over 200mil just on the defnese. While Kroenke’s are happy to borrow like Arsenal are some sort of Mickey mouse club from league 2 or something..

Goner
Goner

Wenger never leave any mess..He left a great team which any coach could have built it easy…Wenger knew when and how to play his best players and this is the difference between the two man….

Don't boo Paul Davis
Don't boo Paul Davis

Jesus wept

Tired
Tired

If only we could keep the concentration at the back for the whole game we might have a chance for 4th. However the last 10 mins were poor and we looked tired.

Pradeep Kachhala
Pradeep Kachhala

Emery has more points than Klopp and poch at the same stage of his career

Mesut O'Neill
Mesut O'Neill

Hey Pradeep, that doesn’t fit the narrative of the Arsenal ‘fans’ that want him gone.

Pradeep Kachhala
Pradeep Kachhala

True and sad

Vonnie
Vonnie

So what. The football is horrible, at least they knew what they were moving towards, this is just a shambles. Sitting deep against Huddersfield, cowardly negative tactics, chopping and changing all the time, no rhythm, no flow, boring, fucking boring Arsenal.

War Chest
War Chest

That assumes a man city like spending spree is coming next. Without that he has to out perform pep just to make it to the top 4 every year.

Tim Miller
Tim Miller

We had to struggle for 90 minutes, at least he realises that. He doesn’t seem to realise any other obvious things, however. Defend and counterattack. Arsenal. Against Huddersfield, last in the league. Let that sink in. Defend, let them dominate possession, counterattack, struggle throughout the game. Great attitude, he says. OK. He seems happy. Some fans seem happy, too. Good for them, everyone’s entitled to their own opinion.

Jai
Jai

He’s sounding exactly like Wenger.

Edinburgh Gooner
Edinburgh Gooner

Maybe he is getting the team to practice defending/counterattacking in a real life scenario rather than on the training ground.

Surely being 2 nil up against the worst attack in the league is the best time to do it.

Mpls
Mpls

Perhaps it is a good time to practice some defensive tactics.

But I’d sure prefer practicing putting the sword to a bottom of the table team that spent its time kicking and stamping on us. We need our attacking confidence back.

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

‘He doesn’t seem to realise any other obvious things, however. ‘

so ummm yeah, you think just because he only focused on positive points in a public interview, it means he must not realize what’s going on on his team??
Keep it up.

Dobby
Dobby

Look at the players available and our away record. Kolasinac can’t defend, Ainsley can’t defend and our back 3 has one competent centre back in it. These are the sorts of games we lost last season if you can remember? It seems like people think emery took over the 2004 Arsenal’s side and turned it in to shit. We are Shit, a lot of our players are shit. We have not “earned the right to play” away at Huddersfield and right now hard work, graft and applying ourselves defensively is a necessity.

Santori
Santori

What was shite was midfield. NO CONTROl.

Sure Kolasinac and AMN make mistakes but they also recover very quickly and they were KEY to our attack today coming down the flanks.

Do you even watch the match or are you looking out for what you wish to see?

We are shite today bc midfield was poor. And we had little assets to throw on in terms of quality.

Elneny was a waste of space.

Shazy
Shazy

What I find baffling is the fact that Ozil is in the top 10 highest earners in the world, only trumped by Sanchez in terms of premier League earners. There’s no Liverpool players, no Ch*ski players, and no Citeh players. We have him in the top 10 highest earners, yet we hardly play him!!!!

Additionally, we had a chance to offload Mustafi 2 seasons ago, to Inter. We rejected their bid.

Also we are letting the likes of Ramsey go for free, and not making a dime out of Welbeck’s potential departure.

This club is a f****** shambles. Even though it’s become popular to blame Kroenke, I believe it’s poor management from Wenger and Gazidis that’s to blame.

Atom
Atom

Kroenke’s biggest flaw as an owner is simply he doesn’t care and allowed Wenger and gazidas to get things to this point. By all accounts he allowed them to run everything so it’s wishful thinking to claim Wenger is absolved of blame. We spent a lot of money as a club – our wage bill has always been in the top 2-3- we just spent a ton on squad players. While Wenger’s desire to promote youth was admirable, we also failed to bring in real competition for them which ended up costing us as players like jack or Jenkinson didn’t really turn into top class players. Our indecision on players meant a pattern of letting players run down contracts and selling them for less than they were worth or massively overpaying (Ozil). It’s astounding how little we ended up getting for Sanchez. That’s a major issue if the owner won’t put in massive amounts of his own money

Dobby
Dobby

If you’re an owner of a club and letting Wenger and Gazidis make those decisions for years, unchecked, you’re at fault as much as them

Santori
Santori

Before we off load Mustafi there are FAR more useless players in the squad we can’t even offload.

Elneny, Jekninson still lurking around.

Mslintat then added (rather unnecessarily) Lichsteiner putting more pressure on wage bill.

Mustafi is one of our better defenders (not saying much of course), why would we off load him?

Chambers and holding were not convincing last season either.

Koscielny aging.

Would make ABSOLUTELY no sense to sell Mustafi then.

Absurd.

George
George

Really? I thought we were hopeless and need a kick up the arse not hollow praise.

Dobby
Dobby

I’m actually losing my mind with this fan base at the minute. Do you think we played good football away from home last season? No, it was turgid. No Ramsey, no Ozil, no Xhaka, no auba, no Sokratis, no holding and no Bellerin. Look what’s happened to Liverpool with a couple of key injuries, and spurs without Kane and Alli are not the same side. It feels like people have the rose tinted glasses on and think we’ve gone from wengerball to this but in reality we’ve been an increasingly poor footballing side for years and our away record last year was relegation level. Give the manager some time for crying out loud, this isn’t even the best 11 from the squad we have let alone what I imagine he hopes to line up with next season. A number of these players are not up to the standard and that’s all part of the transition, finding that out.

Jack gunner
Jack gunner

The defence is still not good enough ,conceding a late goal
and unable to keep a clean sheet. Its well known if you want to win
games 1st and trophies 2nd,you have to have a solid defence.
Defence can win games not the attack. If the latter is
stifled,that’s it.
I don’t know maybe Emery is planning to win the Europa to get back to the cl.
Even then as records have shown the gunners are the whipping boys of the
top teams in the cl.The cl juts serves to fill the coffers of the US owner
who aint prepared to roll the team to challenge.
Then fellow gooner fans stop going to the ES

Santori
Santori

They should have kept concentration to the end but the fault lies in the midfield.

We lack control today.

We should be keeping possession but we were poor all game.

Torreira- Guendouzi struggled. NO surprise Torreira was hauled off.

BUT we did no better throwing headless chicken Elneny, new boy Dennis and young Willock on.

If you put ANY defense under that sort of persistent duress, there will always be a chance that something will give even against the likes of Huddersfield.

Josheha
Josheha

Sorry bit tired and carnt concentrate. Are we slating the manger, players or just the club in general?

Shmokin'em
Shmokin'em

ahh u missed the memo…here u go

ALL

Unai_Guendouzi
Unai_Guendouzi

We got a shit team with shit quality and virus(Pogba) in the team said ***rinho. Now OGS just turn their shit side to play good football and Virus got most goal and assist for Manure.
Say we got a shit team player with shit quality compare to Huddlefield side is a joke.Our perfermance is just on a shit-tier. Only different is it just that their striker is worse compare to our side. The only positive is that we got away with 3 point with shitty performance.

Santori
Santori

A bit of a snatch and grab.

Could have been more comfortable if we put away the third.

But our midfield largely overrun today and lacking enough control.

Arsed fan
Arsed fan

The only worry i have with this Arsenal is the type of player we keep getting linked with, Benaga, Nzonzi, nkunku, perisic, the other Belgian dude in china and eventually pushing for a fringe player (whose value i do not see us needing esp with the youth we have). I worry what we will look like after 3 transfer windows as a europa club trying its best to offload Ozil and replace him with benega, having told rambo to fuck off for free.

UpNorth
UpNorth

It must be allowed to feel a concern of Emerys approach to the games. We are still a great club, but are managed as a small one which need to play tactics against relegation teams in order to secure three points. The difference to ManU is huge, the magic of Solskjaer is simply telling the players that «we’re United,they shall fear us, not the other way around». Emery threats each opponents as top notch clubs, which they seldom are.

Dobby
Dobby

When you won one away game the previous season nobody is going to fear you. We have to earn the right to play again and that means basics. Champagne football can wait, frankly.

Gooners & Roses
Gooners & Roses

If we struggled against Huddersfield and Cardiff, I won’t get my hopes up in UEL either.

Futsboller
Futsboller

As I think we all agree, Emery needs time to fashion the team into his own image, but I don’t think that means he shouldn’t be pressured into ensuring that the image is one we agree with: i.e., a stylish attacking side with more grit and determination than the previous administration was able to deliver in the end. Blogs articulated all of this so well this morning, and though we all agree that 3 points is the most important thing to to take away from the game, that view fails to take into account the fact that big clubs with huge stadiums and a considerable international fanbase have to provide more than just 3 points to keep their brand where it is or rising. The ability of a club to compete is much more complicated than what you find on the pitch any given Saturday. Wenger, for all his faults, understood this as the fundamental principle of modern sport, and it seems everyone bought into it around him during his tenure: you have to entertain (and even when we were playing bad football under him, the broadcasters still wanted to see it). The pressure to entertain does not impact the clubs from 7th to 20th in the PL in the same way, and I believe it does not even affect the reception of Sp*rs the same way at the moment (when they finally have a big home on the block and move into it, they’ll realize the pressure to keep-it-up is beyond their skillset), but even morons like Mourinho understood (notice the past tense … aghem!) that if he wouldn’t entertain on the pitch he had to entertain off of it.

Arsenal are in danger of moving into a period in which we no longer dazzle, and though I know we all want more fight (and similar adjectives like hard-working, gritty, determined, tough, winning ugly, etc.) from the team this season, and we’re winning ugly, we need to see a return of the stylish attacking football more often than not. Emery stated that he wants to be there, too, so hopefully he gets us there again sooner rather than later. I understand the criticism that Emery inherited an “unbalanced” squad (the new catch-phrase for explaining Arsenal’s poor form), but I see the criticism falling directly at his feet rather than the previous administration: the coach balances the squad through formation and style of play; if you are missing a piece, you find an alternate solution. Emery needs time, and his job is all the more difficult under our economic reality, but it seems that he has the players believing and he now just needs to get this team entertaining again.

Vonnie
Vonnie

I agree with most of what you say here, and I think he did have all the players buying into his new philosophy, but I think he’s losing them. The ongoing saga with Mesut, who is reportedly a popular player with the team, the fact that our forwards get little or no service and are basically playing as midfielders most of the time lately, and the negative setups and tactics are now concerning a lot of fans and must surely be concerning players too. Arsenal is known for playing good flowing football, the reason that Arsene had to leave was because he couldn’t produce that any more. Surely we didn’t get rid of him, who I felt needed to go, just to replace him with a manager who plays mid table, boring, horrible football? If that’s the case I would rather have Mikel Arteta, who would have understood the club and fans, and would at least have tried to play in the right way. Unai Emery sets us up like a small team, and expects big performances, he’s not right for Arsenal.

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

5th place, more way wins and points than last year with injuries that make our squad look like a battle field and people are having a pop at our new manager?? I have no words….COYG!

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

Does 6 – 0 put our performance at Citeh into perspective?

Tungor_Adams
Tungor_Adams

blaming Unai for us not being top of the league is…. I don’t find the words, help me pls…. yes excactly; like declaring yourself zero into football, and much less into arsenal