It feels like the end for Arsenal boss Unai Emery, says Charlie Nicholas
The stress is mounting to get the under-fire manager of Arsenal Charlie Nicholas and Unai Emery believes the writing is already on the wall as far as that the Spaniard is concerned.
Saturday’s 2-2 draw with fighting Southampton at the Emirates – secured only thanks to Alexandre Lacazette’s stoppage-time strike – left Arsenal languishing down in the Premier League and eight points off Chelsea at the fourth and final Champions League berth because we near the Christmas period.
Reports have recently surfaced claiming Emery’s potential in the Emirates is currently in query Together with the north London club with picked up only three points from the 15 accessible.
But despite feeling empathy for Emery, Nicholas also believes that the club’s next league game in relegation-threatened Norwich is presently a must-win fixture for the Gunners boss, although the former Arsenal ahead has also not ruled out Mauricio Pochettino taking over in the Emirates in the future.
“It definitely feels like that. After 21 decades of Arsene Wenger, it’s not easy to look at a manager leaving after 18 weeks and think he’s had enough time. Nonetheless, it is not the time frame on it, it is the absence of improvement.
“They did invest a fair quantity of money. Probably in my personal opinion in the positions that are wrong. Kieran Tierney has come in and it’s taken him ages to find fit, so he’ll require time to repay. Hector Bellerin has been outside. The position was poor. Then there is the lack of protectors in midfield.
“I have sympathy with him. But each of us knows that this is a result company and that is down to the supervisor. If he does not receive results, his time is going to be up and the fans are beginning to get angry now.
“When the anger stems to Arsenal, then the ideas turn to the board. When a bit are currently shaking they then have a decision to make.
“Who will make the decision? It’s a committee of five or four people. There are different people and it sounds even they are confused about that. Arsenal don’t have any leaders around the pitch and no leaders upstairs.”
“Arsenal aren’t any explanations right now.This is an average group, but it’s a pretty good assaulting system in this team.
“The manager has discovered it complex. He does not know his very best XI. He doesn’t understand what his best defensive set up is. He doesn’t know who his protectors in midfield ought to be. As a result of this confusion they’re all over the place.
“The cost of 8m to get David Luiz wasn’t much and we believed he may have enhanced it for a relatively small sum, but he has not. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is currently the captain, however, the forwards are feeling that this lack of belief too – not great signals for your supervisor.
“I actually think they retained him in position throughout the global break since they hoped to conquer Southampton, before having Eintracht Frankfurt at home Thursday and then going to Norwich away next weekend. That game has become a must-win scenario.”
“Of course. He’s a coach that is top-quality. We did it in the past together with Sol Campbell and we know what mayhem which generated. This would be more. Spurs improved radically and got them to the Champions League final and the four.
“The question mark together with him is he did not win any prizes. So that’s a question mark 20, they did get results contrary to the remainder of the six.
“Can he improve that Arsenal side? I am not so sure. I think that it requires a rebuild directly.
“Matteo Guendouzi, I enjoy, but he’s young and he’s naive and he isn’t getting educated how to perform the place properly. They are till they get that group spirit and understanding of this and all people Arsenal are always going to get problems.
“Mesut Ozil is presently in the team and has played very well, but a few weeks back we were being told he’d be sold in January. What is going on in Arsenal?
“This is why I make the point that while it is the supervisor’s responsibility and the players are allowing him down, the hierarchy has got to make a standalone. When Wenger had been asked to go apart from his place, we were told this was the brand new Arsenal.
“The young players will do nicely on Thursday, however it’s the seasoned players who are earning Arsenal’s life a misery.”