“We firmly believe Unai is the right man for the job, together with the backroom team we have in place,” say club hierarchy
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Sanllehi and Venkatesham added: “We are all working intensively behind the scenes to turn things around and are confident we will.
“We never take our fantastic support for granted. We hope we can all stick together and get behind the team in this challenging period, as together we are stronger. “
Emery, 48, was appointed as Arsene Wenger’s successor in May 2018 and his fi rst season ended with a 4-1 Europa League final defeat to Chelsea having missed out on a top-four finish by a single point.
This season he has had to contend with former captain Laurent Koscielny refusing to go on the club’s pre-season tour and eventually pushing through a move to Bordeaux.
Emery has since made the controversial call to ostracise Mesut Ozil for a length of time and strip Granit Xhaka of the captaincy after he told supporters to “f ** k off” last month.
Xhaka has warned Arsenal supporters that the “extreme hostility “that was directed at him damages team spirit.
Analysis fromSky Sports” Charlie Nicholas:
The blame should not be solely on Unai Emery at Arsenal.
Has Emery made it better at Arsenal since Arsene Wenger’s departure? No. Things have definitely got worse, but Emery shouldn’t get all the blame. Other mistakes have been made along the way.
Arsenal have lost their identity and the finger can be pointed at Emery for that.
Arsenal cannot get the balance with the defense and two midfield players. It tells you everything about the side and the confidence at the club at the moment with the back three and a four in front that they went with at Leicester. Where did that come from?
We knew Emery’s style at Valencia and Sevilla – they were tough and scrappy in midfield and all the about pace and movement up front. What is Arsenal’s style? It’s a complete disaster of a style and formation. He does not know his best starting line-up or his best formation. This is why he’s under the pressure he is under.
He is asking for time, but will he get the 18 months that takes him to the end of next season? There are plenty of Arsenal fans wanting Emery to go now, but the club’s hierarchy insist they are going to stick with the Spaniard for the time being. However, if things don’t turn around quickly, it may go down the line of Emery losing his job.
If he doesn’t sort it out before Christmas, he does come under scrutiny. The top four was there for the taking, but Man Utd were struggling, Leicester and Chelsea are doing better than anticipated, but you want to be in there fighting. Arsenal are hopeless yet are still in sixth, but you have to stay at it and give yourself a chance to fight for those places.
Emery must go positive to win football matches after international break. If this doesn’t work, he may be out by January – he is hanging on. The board will not look to ease him out, but a lot of people are wondering why they should wait.
Will they give Emery more money? Is he in charge of transfers? Probably not, no. Will they get defenders, and then will they be good enough?
It is disappointing and sad to see how badly the club have fallen away. Arsenal fans are saying that Arsene Wenger created some of this, and yes, he did. He left behind a soft team with no aggression and leadership.
Not everything is Emery’s fault but following the recent performances on the and the Granit Xhaka incident, the head coach will receive all backlash . He will take all the flak, but the players should be doing better. But then you can go back to the questions of what is the team and what is the style? That is where the problems lie right now. It’s all a bit of a mess.
‘Nobody dislikes him, but it’s just not working’
Arsenal Fan TV’s Robbie Loyle says Unai Emery is not getting the best out of players
Arsenal Fan TV’s Robbie Lyle believes the majority of the club’s supporters are questioning whether Emery is the right person for the job.
“Nobody dislikes him, everybody would have loved him to succeed but at the moment it just feels like it’s just not working, “he toldSky Sports News.
“He’s tried loads of different formations this season, nothing seems to be working. He doesn’t seem to be getting the best out of players – and we’ve got good players.
“Yes there are areas of weakness but I don’t think we can turn round and say we’ve got rubbish players – we’ve got very talented players in the team but it’s just not working and there is a lot of frustration around. “