Kieran Tierney played the full 90 minutes as Arsenal drew 1-1 against Vitoria in the Europa League.
The Gunners were abysmal throughout the game but managed to take the lead through Shkodran Mustafi in the 80th minute. However, their struggles to hold onto a lead showed up yet again as they conceded the leveller in stoppage time.
Unai Emery is under enormous pressure from the fans now having won just one game in all competitions since the last international break. Kieran Tierney was asked about the manager to which he claimed that Emery prefers his side to keep the ball.
“For me, he [Emery] has been brilliant since I have come in. Everybody in the changing room has belief in each other and the manager. He likes to keep the ball, pass the ball with a possession-type game and for me I am just learning and working on my technique with him,” he said.
Emery’s idea of keeping hold of the ball is all well and good but the biggest issue has been his side’s lack of intent in the attacking areas of the pitch. Playing three defensive-minded midfielders on a regular basis has limited Arsenal’s creativity and the Gunners now heavily rely on individual brilliance to win them the games.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s blistering start to the season has quietened down with the Gabonese international scoring just once in the last four league games. Lack of creativity has caused Nicolas Pepe to struggle just like Arsenal’s other attackers and that has to change, especially this weekend against Leicester City.
Brendan Rodgers’ side have had a brilliant start to the season so far and are six points ahead of the Gunners. Jamie Vardy has hit double figures already and he will certainly be licking his lips against Arsenal’s shaky back line.