The pressure is mounting on Unai Emery at Arsenal as his side fell further behind in their quest to finish in the Champions League places at the end of the season.
Darren Bent has claimed that he liked Unai Emery’s tactics yesterday despite Arsenal suffering a 2-0 defeat at Leicester City on Saturday.
Emery opted to play three at the back – Callum Chambers, David Luiz and Rob Holding – with Lacazette and Aubameyang playing up top together.
Whilst the Gunners had chances to score, including Aubameyang having a goal ruled out for offside, the Foxes were the better team on the night, with Emery’s tactics once again coming under scrutiny from supporters.
But speaking to TalkSport (09/11/19 at 7:30 pm), former Spurs striker Bent claimed that he liked the tactical setup Emery opted to go with at the King Power Stadium.
“I like what Emery did today with the formation because that allows the two centre-forwards to be in their natural positions,” Bent told TalkSport. “But if you do play them two, you have to create opportunities for them. If you do give them chances, they will score goals.
On Emery changing it towards the end: “I think by that stage, he’s just scratching for something. But as I said, one of the big differences between him and Brendan Rodgers is that I think Emery doesn’t know where to turn and he’s hoping to stumble across a formation or something that works.”
There are some sections of the Arsenal fans calling for Aubameyang, Lacazette and Pepe to all start in one team.
But Arsenal’s big-money summer signing started from the bench, as Emery brought him on in the second-half for Rob Holding, as he changed the formation and tactics towards the end to no avail.
It is a very damaging defeat for the North London club once again because they are now eight points behind fourth-placed Manchester City, who take on Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.