Emery explains formation decisions after Southampton shambles

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Emery explains formation decisions after Southampton shambles

Arsenal began today’s 2-2 draw with Southampton playing a 3-5-2 formation, reverted to a back four at half-time, and by the end were set up in a way which would have confused Pythagoras as we sought a goal to get something from the game.

It arrived via Alexandre Lacazette, but Arsenal’s best spell of the game came immediately after half-time, which led many to wonder why Unai Emery hadn’t set his team out in that formation in the first place.

Inevitably, there were post-match questions about his constant tinkering, and the under pressure Arsenal head coach did his best to explain his thinking.

“That’s a decision I’ve made because I need to find a solution,” he said of the half-time change.

“We play with three centre backs to feel stronger defensively, but also because in the first half, we were better defensively.

“But it wasn’t enough. We needed to attack more in the second half so I changed it. Then when we were attacking more, we had 20 or 25 minutes where we were better offensively but then defensively we lost a little bit of that balance and conceded more chances than we wanted.

“That is the issue. I need to work, I need to analyse, I need to find a solution. Today I tried that, starting with the centre backs, changing in the first half when we were drawing because we wanted to win.

“We wanted to achieve more risks to attack and to get more players in the attacking third. But then we struggled defensively then with their transition.

“Now we are going to analyse it and find solutions as to whether we are better with three or two centre backs, the balance, and then work out how we can be stronger defensively and offensively. We lost that balance.

“We had a strong start to the second half in the first 20 or 25 minutes, but then we lost that balance and defensively we struggled more than we needed. At the end we drew and it’s not enough.

“We’re frustrated and disappointed, so are the supporters. Now we are speaking in the dressing room, the coaches, the club, and we need to work and analyse to find a solution.

“We can be disappointed at the moment but we need to keep on moving for the next match, to prepare and improve on the issues.”

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Gio
Gio

What are we doing? It could not be more clear things aren’t going to work under Emery. We’re throwing the season away by letting this carry on.

backsakacrack
backsakacrack

549 days and counting, and he still hasn’t got a clue. You couldn’t make it up.

Goo-nerd
Goo-nerd

Maybe this makes me a shit fan, but I was only happy for a split second after Laca scored the equalizer. After that I was disappointed bc a loss would’ve moved Emery closer to the exit door.

I think that’s just how things are at the moment.

Dom47
Dom47

Goo-nerd, same here. Doesn’t make you a shit fan, all of us see emery should have been gone a long time ago, so anything that helps us to get rid of him, even more losses, is okay. Short term pain for long term gain.

PeteyB
PeteyB

You could almost see the same thought process go through Laca’s head as he stood there

Mpls
Mpls

Instead of continually fucking with the formation, perhaps it might be helpful for the players to know what they’re doing with at least one of the formations.

And for fucks sake, this is the 19th place team. We’re at home. Line up with the players to fucking attack!

Mpls
Mpls

I’d rather see us stick to one, at most two formations, and actually know what the fuck we’re doing with them.

Ordnance Dave
Ordnance Dave

Welcome to a Kronke owned sport franchise. He will not put a penny into the club, meaning he will see keep Emery till his contract is up and he doesn’t have to pay compensation. We are officially mid table now.

Wezza
Wezza

That’ll change when sponsors dont renew contracts and attendances go through the floor

SB Still
SB Still

Now its getting annoying to hear Emery talk, for one I don’t understand what he is trying to convey but more importantly the players don’t seem to either. So what’s the point of all this waffle!

H2k
H2k

I agree it is hard to listen to him…

“We play with three centre backs to feel stronger defensively”

So, he is admitting we need to be more defensive against a team in the relegation zone?

Badaab
Badaab

Emery is a lot like Trump in speech: sounds ridiculous and incoherent when the words come from his mouth, and even worse when you try to read it printed.

miike
miike

I’m almost convinced he’s not using a translator so that he doesn’t need to explain himself better

Rochester
Rochester

I’m all Emery out. But comparing him to that orange cock waffle is going too far

Gargon
Gargon

Stop commentating your limited infantile political opinions you weakling. Embarrassing to even try talk down on someone who has and will forever be greater than you. Just the policies of the right to try drug bill and prison reform makes a legacy finer than you could dream of accomplishing. keep drinking the medias syrup.

A P
A P

Maybe Trump would be a better head coach than our current one!

ScotchEggsRule
ScotchEggsRule

There’s always one Muppet bringing their political affiliations into a football conversation….

truj
truj

And that switching of when they took the lead made us stronger in the process.

Phil E’Buster
Phil E’Buster

What?

gooner
gooner

we are at home to second from bottom team that recently got humiliated by 9 goals and we chose to play a goalkeeper, five defenders and two more defensively minded midfielders. so that is basically 8 “defenders” and 3 “attackers” and we still can’t defend. That’s what’s up.

or and despite having a detailed knowledge on every player before being hired, he’s going to go 18 months later to figure out how they fit and what he should be trying to see how best they perform.
Raul, Edu and co won’t read through his acceptance that he’s not sure how well we work or which system suits the players he’s had for this long.

Goonerrific
Goonerrific

Crikey, the bloke speaks in tongues, and to think we used to take the piss out of “playing with the handbrake on” – wish we had that fucking handbrake now.

Snagger
Snagger

One definition of madness is doing the same thing over and over and expect different results. Our definition is doing different things and getting the same bad results. Can someone end this madness please.

Nketibag
Nketibag

I’d go further, he was doing the same wrong things over and over and expecting different results: benching Ozil, Torriera, 442 diamond to teams that rely on wingbacks, Xhaka .. Until the fans took the decision out of his hands and he now is doing things different every match to get the same results. Either way it is complete madness, and the player’s look lost. I would bet my house every other manager in the league would do a better job with this squad.

Badaab
Badaab

Even that bloke at Everton?

Strangeman
Strangeman

Silva will be sacked today, because the Everton board has a back bone and the fans have made it clear they want him gone. Only problem is Arsenal will probably hire him when Emery does finally go! 😠

HoldenontoArsenal
HoldenontoArsenal

Emery being sacked asap is necessary. Unfortunately this will establish precedent for too many fans. Each successive manager who faces struggles ( they always do) will get less and less time to succeed. Over time this instills into players less “buy in” or commitment to a manager as they cycle in and out so rapidly. This also gives power and influence to the most offensive fans. As a person who admires and supports managers ( will never like a Mourinho team ) almost as much as the teams they manage. I believe this rapid evolution will drive away more moderate family type supportive fans across football.

Stevejp62
Stevejp62

Has he gone yet?
This man turned us into also rans
How can we trust the people who appointed him

Vassili Zaitsev
Vassili Zaitsev

Emery has lost the dressing room

gooner
gooner

Luckily for him, he has the people “in charge ” giving him more room to fail

God is a Gooner
God is a Gooner

The dressing room has lost Emery

George
George

I wish he’d lose the way to the Emirates.

El Piresidente
El Piresidente

The man is a fucking imbecile

Futsboller
Futsboller

I’ve already stopped watching Arsenal on the tele (about a month ago, I’d had enough), and I’m teetering on the brink of no longer reading Arseblog News (sorry Blogs!) because, honestly, who gives a shit about any of this until Emery is fired and we start fresh with someone new. Shameful apathy from above — that’s what is spreading now through the club and among its fans. There’s nothing worse in the world of professional sport.

Dennis
Dennis

I’m a gunner 4 life but Ave stopped watching them since the Watford game waiting for Emery 2 b fired

Winterburns right wand
Winterburns right wand

Inept. If he’s not gone in the next couple of days I’ll eat my England cap.

Aaron
Aaron

Time to add some bacon in between just in case the cap tastes like crap.

Viva La Prof
Viva La Prof

This is our Louis van Gaal, narcissist dinosaur with bull shit philosophy, zero influence when it’s needed. All smoke no chicken. At this point he must be sacked tomorrow.

Me2
Me2

Emery is right – a solution needs to be found.
Unfortunately for him the only reasonable solution is to bring in a competent manager.
Trouble is top managers would not want to come to Arsenal….

Sam
Sam

Just clicked on the link because it’s blogs but honestly l couldnt care what explanation Emery gives, back pocket on a shirt stuff.

Mr. Gordon. Phillips
Mr. Gordon. Phillips

For God’s sake let him out of his misery, although I wouldn’t mind being miserable and a millionaire. It’s the worst in terms of performances than before Wenger, just go.

greg
greg

We’ve spent over 200m on 4 forwards and we are out shot by nearly every team we play. We have zero identity, no style, no shape. Defensively we are a shambles.

This isn’t working, sadly is a sign of how badly this club has been run by gazidis that we are in such a position that we can’t afford to sack him

Dennis
Dennis

200mil spent on lacazette aubayzn pepe and Martinelli and have s coach who defends every match and still csnt defend why did we take him to the Emirates. Long live Wenger to sll the fans who hound out this Gentleman hope you’d slll happy now.
20 years of Champion league on a shoestring budget and 2 years out and the great man run out the club by fans Enjoy you sll

Ben Edwards
Ben Edwards

Top 4 is completely gone, we still have cups to play for and we need change now to leverage our best chance of doing well in them

Richie

Winning a cup may be the only way we get European football next season. Leicester are miles ahead, Spurs and United will eventually overtake us and not look back, and Wolves also look better than us. Meaning we’ll finish 7th or 8th unless something drastic changes.

Dennis
Dennis

We will finish 9th or 10th with this coach the mean club dont want 2 fire him now bcause they dont want to pay him off so we stuck with him until May

Jack4343
Jack4343

Nice that he uses our matches to experiment with different formations. If only we had time and a place to work on these things between matches…

George
George

Holy shit, this guy is a riot!

I can’t read that gobbledygook with a straight fact, I just can’t. Is he the only one that doesn’t realise he’s admitting to everyone he has no fucking clue? Ca-lown.

Qwaliteee
Qwaliteee

You don’t need to ‘explain’ anything anymore. Just piss off.

assistantref
assistantref

I’ve never seen a player score a 96th minute equalizer and not only not celebrate, but look positively horrified as it dawns on him that his instinctual finish may just have saved his manager’s job. If that doesn’t say it all, what possibly could?

The board needs to act, and they need to act now. It isn’t even about Emery any more. It doesn’t matter if the board thinks he’s the second coming of Jesus. This is a manager who has comprehensively lost the faith of both the fans and the players and you gotta move on when that’s the case.

If they don’t act now, they’re going to end up with their heads rolling alongside his.

Vonnie
Vonnie

There really is no explanation for this lunacy, he just needs to go now.

James
James

The chant, “You don’t know what you’re doing !” has never been more accurate.

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

He sounds like a man that has won a competition to be here, just completely clueless.

Berlin Gooner
Berlin Gooner

Emery is very good at not explaining his randomness.

Cashman
Cashman

The solution lies in your sacking!!!!….
You’re breaking my heart!!!!!….

GnarlyHead
GnarlyHead

Analyse, analyse, analyze, analyzz, analyzzz, zzzzzzz

Oregoon

Ah yes, the old paralysis by analysis routine.

Filpo
Filpo

Sounds like a never ending puzzle. Good Ebening.

Steve
Steve

In 18 months he has not managed to find a solution? Rogers has found one in less than a year. It’s a certainty that Mourinho will find one at S***s, this guy is never going to find a solution and needs to go tomorrow….

Runzac
Runzac

The madness of king Emery is real y’all

Dan
Dan

Emery thinks that the solution to Arsenal’s problems are found by adding more complexity when it’s clear that what the team needs (other than a new manager obv) is simplicity. A set style of play, players who play in their natural positions, who are allowed the freedom to play their natural game and basic instructions as to what to do when they lose the ball.

Badaab
Badaab

We lack identity and vision under Emery.

Badaab
Badaab

“No game plan” is not acceptable considering the work you claim to put in at every press conference, Unai.

miike
miike

“Set up in a way that would’ve confused pythagorus”

So irrationally?

Oozil
Oozil

The game is basically just 4 parts
Static defence: when the team sits deep and opponent has majority possession
Defence in transition: when the team loses possession and the opponent attacks.
Attack in transition: when the opponent loses possession and the team attacks
Static attack: when the opponent sits deep and the team has majority possession

We are failing in everything except static defence. Maybe attack in transition is average but the other two are nonexistent. What are they working on in training.

Oozil
Oozil

Common approach: compact in defence and wide in attack
Arsenal under Emery: compact in attack and wide in defence
Rarely have I seen so many players out of position in every single play of the game.
And opponents don’t need a xavi or iniesta to pass through the lines. Somehow every pass goes straight through us. It would be interesting to analyse the number of forward passes we allow in the middle third Vs what top teams allow

Bond
Bond

Emery will keep analysing, and put us in relegation battle, this man is just a mad man, someone pls help😱

Bill McBillerson
Bill McBillerson

Honestly, what is there for him to analyze? We have seen three Center backs A LOT and I’m certain even myself an uneducated dundelinger can see that we are poor going forward and since we can’t keep possession higher on the pitch it inevitably makes us weaker defensively as they can stuff the ball back into our faces quickly. How does it take emery what feels like 10 years though it’s probably closer to 5 not to see this?

Hi-brid
Hi-brid

Lord, have mercy on my soul.

Jamal

Get pochetino asap before it’s too late, Wenger talk to kroenke

Alan Sunderland's Mighty Perm of Justice
Alan Sunderland's Mighty Perm of Justice

Keeper passed it to CB. Opponents press. CB TO FB. FB TO CB. CB TO FB or GK (repeat a few times with maybe the odd midfield five yard pass to a CB). FB hoofs it or GK hoofs it head height to FB on the touchline. Possession lost.

Repeat.

Is this what a £6m a year coach does? I think I’d do much better for 10% of what we’re paying Emery.

Emery will not resign. He’s waiting for his payout. Just sack him now.

Dennis Asiimwe

It’s almost hilarious (ALMOST being the key word). In Kampala, a bustling metropolis in Uganda, Africa, we go to the local pub to watch matches in disguise. You can’t let your girl even get the slightest hint that you are STILL an Arsenal fan. She would leave! I am not sure what the long term goal of the management is, but I think they threw everything at Emery, and are reluctant to admit defeat. Reminds me of how long Mourinho lasted at Chelsea in his last stint there when things were so obviously rotten. I do have a prediction though: player revolt. I really think he lost the dressing room ages ago and it’s only a few more weeks before the players get openly hostile. Lacazete not celebrating his equalizer? Dark clouds, mates…

Luther
Luther

Told you we should have kept Wenger. Told you to be careful what you wish for. Told you things would be much worse under another manager. But did you listen? You thought you knew better. You couldn’t spell properly, had terrible vocabulary and no grammar when writing in these comments sections, but you thought you knew better than us better educated gooners. You got brainwashed by Talkshite radio and others in the media who hated us having too many foreigners in the club. And now you’re bitching again, but won’t admit you were wrong. Don’t blame Emery for this; don’t blame the players; don’t blame the board. It’s all the fault of the “supporters”. Can all Arsenal fans who have a below average IQ (if you were “Wenger out”, that’s almost certainly you) get out of my club, and leave us intellectual gooners in charge? Let’s intellectually cleanse our fanbase!

ScotchEggsRule
ScotchEggsRule

We finished outside the top 4 with Wenger and looked worse with every passing season.

Save your misplaced, smug sanctimony for somewhere else.

Luther
Luther

We finished outside the top 4 twice in TWENTY-TWO years. We finished 4th in 13/14, and subsequently, 3rd, 2nd, 5th, 6th – hardly worse with “every passing year”. It’s misinformation like yours that made fans turn on Wenger and drove him out. If they had got behind the team, we’d have done much much better. We’d have won the league the year Leicester won it, had it not been for the toxic atmosphere that people like you created.
With all that said, I must congratulate you on using a word like “sanctimony”. Now your next challenge is to learn some more good words and use them to construct sentences that convey a point that is true AND intelligent.

Espen
Espen

He is earning millions a year and his constant chopping and changing isnt going to work out.

Ljungberg as temporary caretaker coach pls!

Thierrys_Tears
Thierrys_Tears

I feel as though Emery has gotten what he wants, the chance to save the day by concentrating on Europa. If that’s true, we may finish bottom half of EPL table. Smfh.

Pete
Pete

Benitez for interim manager anyone?

baluku
baluku

No, please. Freddie Ljungberg is ready to step up for the interm

truj
truj

We have to analyse and prepare for the next match to improve our performances, like some kind of protagonists. I think a video session with the outstanding ALIEN movie on VHS wont make any harm. There is some space for Emery on another planet.

Boniface
Boniface

Thought we were going to compete for Top four, but its clear now that we wont even be in contention for Europa league spot as long as Emery remains. So sax.

truj
truj

He is the greatest troll of our club’s history, maybe even just a fake Emery, an ALIEN. There is a very good manager deep inside…

baluku
baluku

You thought Gazidis was bad at the top. I think Raul Sanllehi and his team could be worse if we play the next game with Unai still the Coach. Arsenal is lost. We need it back.

Mark Axbey
Mark Axbey

Our season is over in the ability to get in to the top 4. Our season now hinges on the euro cup. But with the tactics Emery keeps using, we are going to keep losing. We might get a scrappy win from time to time but if we can’t beat Southampton, we won’t beat anyone. Now after the Southampton game, we have to look at are there any positives. Yes there was in the second half. We actually looked like a team that was trying. That’s what the supporters want. That fight didn’t last long because once Emery made the willock and martinelli change, none of the players knew what they were to do. No system, no discipline and no structure. If Emery thinks he can sort this mess, then he needs to start looking at the teams strength. This is the attack. We have one of the best forward line ups in Europe. We have to get them the ball in decent areas so that can use it. Emery is focusing to much on the defense, that its embarrassing to have in every game over 20 shots against and if we are lucky have maybe 10 for us, so we need to start being an attacking force again. Yes we’ll let a few chances to against us but at least we were mainly winning and not a laughing stock. Anyway on another note, no matter how much I wouldn’t want Jose mourino a part of arsenal, I’m really upset that the board yet again let a manager slip by who could actually sort us out. Jose is a defensive coach and he would tighten us up but still use our attacking strength. Yes a long run of 1-0 to the arsenal is just what we need right now, and the best coach to archive that world be Jose. It’s about time the board invest in a world class manager to match our world class stadium and the few world class players we have left. If the board don’t act, come the end of the season we’ll be relegated and no cups. We’ll lose all our good players. I’m scared of losing auba, laca, bellerin. These are our last great players. I know Pepe will also come good once we have a great manger to use him correctly. I can see all these players wanting to jump in the January transfer window if we don’t act now!!!!!

Matt
Matt

I fucking hate my club. I mean I love it. But I fucking hate it.

Bergkamp2Wright
Bergkamp2Wright

Couldn’t agree more, I can’t watch us anymore because It makes me too angry. I’ve turned down 3 tickets in recent months, which I would have bitten someone’s hand off for not that long ago.
I just don’t understand what ‘our club’ is trying to do, Are they trying to completely fuck themselves?! Anyone with half a fucking brain could see Emery wasn’t up to it months ago, yet they continue this madness.