For most of the Arsenal fans, the call to have Wenger sacked was becoming such a hit song that many must have been dreaming singing #WengerOut and indeed in the 2017 season, the Frenchman stepped down from his role.
Unai Emery came from Paris Saint Germain having won the French Ligue 1 with names like Edison Cavani, Neymar Jr, Kylian Mbappe, Thiago Silva, Rabiot among others.
The Spanish manager has also had stints with Sevilla where he managed to win the Europa League title and for Arsenal fans who had never tasted European glory, this was such a heavy CV to dismiss.
Emery started his career at the Emirates well but as time went on, things just didn’t seem to show face, last season, he only managed one win away in the English Premier League. Not even Wenger carried such a bad record.
This season has begun and the only away win that Arsenal fans can talk about is the first win that they got at Newcastle but have since failed to pick up a win on the road.
Just yesterday, Arsenal failed to move up to 3rd on the table in the English Premier League after they were beaten by Sheffield United in the Monday night fixture.
The Arsenal team dominated possession of play but barely created clear cut chances to threaten Sheffield United in the match. The one clear cut chance came in the first half where Nicolas Pepe failed to tap the ball into the gaping net.
The biggest issue at Arsenal is that Emery has failed to identify his starting 11 despite having the majority of his players fully fit and match ready. At Sheffield, the biggest question why was he didn’t play Kieran Tierney or why he benched Dani Ceballos and Torreira.
Torreira is by far the best holding midfielder that Arsenal has with unbelievable work rate and his ability to interlink defense and midfield is something that Arsenal are currently lacking.
The midfield’s creativity is hugely lacking as Dani Ceballos keeps getting benched even when he has shown that he can dictate the midfield. I won’t dive much into the Ozil matter because it seems that there is so much going on between the two than meets the eye, the good thing for Ozil though is that he is getting paid every week.
Willock, Reis Nelson, and Bukayo Saka are impressive young lads and the future looks bright but one gets the feeling that they need to be eased into the team.
In Wenger’s last 47 games, he managed 26 wins, his side scored 90 goals, conceded 59 and maintained 17 clean sheets. For many of the Arsenal fans, despite it being a torrid spell, it at least came with good entertaining football.
Unai Emery’s first 47 games have seen him win 25 games, scoring 86 goals, conceding 63 and has only managed 10 clean sheets. That is worse even by Wenger’s standards. The worst bit about this all is that when you see Arsenal playing under Emery, you can’t exactly put your finger to what they are trying to play.
Everyone can see what Frank Lampard is trying to do at Chelsea, one can see that Frank is going for the hard press and also he has his starting 11 that most will see from a far but the same can’t be said of Unai’s Arsenal.
Author: Moses Echodu
Moses is a freelance writer for Newslibre and Programs Manager at the Craft Silicon Foundation. He loves writing about sports, politics and news around the globe and Inspiring new young people!!