The pressure is mounting on Unai Emery at Arsenal as the North London outfit conceded a late equaliser in the Europa League on Wednesday.
Tom Huddlestone has slated Unai Emery for losing the free-flowing identity Arsene Wenger built during the Frenchman’s time at the club.
The former Premier League midfielder also thinks that the Gunners lack organisation under Emery, hence why they continue to concede goals.
On Wednesday, Arsenal showcased their defensive fragilities once again when they conceded a late equalizer against Vitoria in the Europa League – the Portuguese outfit are sitting bottom of the group.
Speaking to The Debate on Sky Sports Premier League (06/11/19 at 10:30 pm), Derby County player Huddlestone waxed-lyrical about how Arsenal used to be ‘unbelievable’ under Wenger from an attacking sense and they no longer are.
On Arsenal fans thinking they are now worse under Emery: “You can see where they are coming from,” Huddlestone told Sky Sports. “Under Wenger, you always knew you would get a chance if you were attacking. But in possession and attacking wise, Arsenal were unbelievable and difficult to get near. You would always fancy that they would score in games.
“But the last few games they are having one shot on target against teams that they would be expecting to put two or three past. I think so [they have lost the Wenger identity]. His was pass and move and free-flowing football.
“Whereas now they seem caught in no-mans land. Of course not that well organised because they’re not keeping leads and they’re not having as many shots as they did under Wenger. I don’t think he has the settled blend in the midfield. The signing of Pepe for £70 odd million, attacking wise you’d fancy Arsenal to be fine going forward, but he could have bought a dominating centre-back and midfielder in the summer and they would have been in a better position.”
If results continue to head south for Emery then it seems as though there is only one way he will be heading and that’s the exit door.
Emery also hasn’t helped himself in some of the decisions he has made at the club from freezing out Mesut Ozil for large periods to putting a plan in place which resulted in Granit Xhaka getting the captains armband.
Xhaka has since been stripped of that role and has not played for the club since that infamous moment against Crystal Palace.