In the aftermath of last night’s awful performance and 1-0 defeat to Sheffield United, Unai Emery was asked if he knew what his best team was.
The manager has regularly chopped and changed his starting line up, and over the course of the 90 minutes two starters – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and 18 year old Bukayo Saka – appeared to play in three different positions.
The absences of Kieran Tierney from the starting line up and Mesut Ozil from the squad itself only added to the sense of confusion.
It led to a question about his best team, and in typical fashion, he gave us lots of words but not much of an answer.
“Really, my point of view tonight is that there are things to analyse and improve,” he said.
“Defensively at the beginning of the match they pushed and we didn’t stop them. We didn’t concede a lot of chances, but they had corners offensively and they can score from these corners.
“We had more than them, but we know they are a strong team in that situation and they use it to win matches.
“In other situations throughout the 90 minutes I think we controlled it in moments to create more chants.
“We didn’t score tonight, but if we played another match like tonight, I think it’s more easy to achieve the points.”
We’d posit that if we played another match like last night, with the same kind of performance, we’d lose again.