Wednesday , January 20 2021

Unai Emery gives three reasons why Arsenal have struggled this season – Metro.co.uk, Metro.co.uk


Unai Emerybelieves multiple issues away from the pitch have been responsible forArsenal‘s poor performances this season.

The Spaniard is under huge pressure having guided the Gunners to just one win in their last fivePremier LeagueGames.

Arsenal are already six points behind fourth-placedChelseaand fans are calling on the club to sack Emery just 18 months after he replaced Arsene Wenger as manager.

Emery, however, feels incidents at the club including the attempted robbery involving Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac, Laurent Koscielny’s decision to go on strike in order to force through a transfer before the season had begun, and Granit Xhaka’s clash with supporters have had an impact on the team.

‘I’m not really disappointed with our work,’ said Emery.

‘I am being realistic because some circumstances did not help us to achieve our best performance.

‘The circumstances with Ozil, Kolasinac, Koscielny and, remember also, that if he [Koscielny] was here as captain, that would give us no problem.

‘Then Xhaka’s circumstances.’

Emery also conceded that his Arsenal players had failed to follow his game plan.

‘We are not playing really with a good performance to impose our idea, impose our capacity on each match,’ said the Arsenal manager.

‘I said to them we rarely lost at home but we didn’t impose as I want and will want in the next matches in our process.

‘It’s a process we need to do with the players.’

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