Tomorrow’s game against Man City is the biggest test that Unai Emery could have got for his very first game as Arsenal coach. He has been drilling all his new players in the way he wants to play his pressing game, but it is probably more important for the Spaniard to try and change the mentality of the players that have only ever known one boss at the Emirates.
According to Bacary Sagna, this was the biggest reason why he decided to move on from the Gunners. Sagna said: “Arsenal’s players got too comfortable. That is the reason why I left the club.
“But the players need to show more desire out on the pitch”
“At a given point in your career, you need to get out of that comfort zone if you want to go forward.
“If you revel in that type of routine you risk losing everything.
“Arsenal have everything they need to be successful. They are based in London and have superb facilities and a great stadium.
“But the players need to show more desire out on the pitch.
“Arsenal can beat anybody. But in recent times they have been capable of the worst performances alongside the best.”
We have all seen this ourselves when Arsenal have weakly capitulated against teams that they should be beating easily, and going into big games resigned to losing. So it doesn’t matter what tactics Emery brings to the table, it is ironing the complacency out of the players attitudes.
Let’s see how well he has done that in tomorrows game against City…