PRESSURE MOUNTS ON UNAI EMERY
After courting Arsenal’s job for over a year, Unai Emery’s performance at the Emirates this season has seen a lot of people including Tom Huddlestone calling his capability to successfully lead the Gunners in the post-Wenger era.
Since this season, Emery is discovering that the true test of any man lies in how well he comes out of a difficult situation. The pressure is mounting and every Gunner outing is looking like a chance at crucifixion.
From fans to stakeholders, everyone is calling for his head and to make matters worse, his squad keeps putting in performances that undermine every bit of confidence placed on the shoulders of Unai.
As Arsene Wenger for all his shortcomings especially building a defensively strong side, did keep optimistic football alive during his time at the North London club, Unai’s has been unable to give the Emirates crowd something to cheer about, making it very hard for the most forgiving of fans to defend him.
Tom Huddlestone particularly hinted at the lack of the one thing that gave Arsenal an identity during Wenger’s time, pointing that despite the new coach’s inability to replicate that, he hasn’t added any new praise worthy quality to the Gunners’ style of play.
Many clubs including the big ones are all considering reevaluating their coaching choices the coming summer and just like Bayern Munich sent theirs packing after he failed to maintain their style of play and by extension, success on the field, the sack of Unai Emery remains a question of “when” rather than “if”.
With the Premier League season approaching its midpoint and Arsenal’s yet to cement their top 4 minimum requirement, the undermining performances from the squad and the recent row between supposed club captain Granit Xhaka and the fans have continued to make Emery’s work harder than he imagined.