Emery on the ropes despite comeback win by Konstantin Mitov
We won with 10 men against Aston Villa after being a goal down. Only 9 times has this happened in the PL, and we’ve done it 3 times. But in all honesty this is where the positivity stops. We were poor again. We almost screwed a third game in a row which we should’ve won.
I mean, you can only so far paper over the defensive leaks. They are not holes, they are craters. Why are we starting both Sokratis and Luiz? I feel sad for Chambers. This defense is so bad and he’s a sub? Look at the first goal we conceded. I’ve seen this too many times this season already. In just 6 games!
What worries me was Emery’s body language. He looked like Wenger. His was just sitting in his chair clueless. The subs were late and he was lucky this was Aston Villa. The players got him out of trouble. We’re relying on the individual qualities we have in some players to outdo the errors others make. I am sorry I am seeing little improvement, especially in defense. What is our style? The only thing I know is we’re playing out of the back with little success.
The manager completely mistakes the starting line up. He wants to play with wingers, which do not exist in our squad. He plays wing-backs who are uninterested in defending as LB and RB. Kolasinac was at major fault for Villas second goal. And what about somebody making a foul? Look at Auba at the end of the game, taking one for the team to prevent any chances they might have.
Instead our defense let them dance past us and we conceded again. I’m just bored and tired of individual mistakes. For me if Chambers doesn’t start instead of Luiz or Sokratis at Old Trafford I’d be amazed. Honestly ask yourselves if it mattered whether it was Mustafi or one of the aforementioned? I said many times, it’s not about one player, it’s our defensive coaching that is non-existent. We moved out Bouldy and nothing has changed.
The defense lacks support from midfield. We don’t have wingers who track back and Torreira, the only player who tries in that matter, sits on the bench while we’re playing Xhaka. I fail to see any reason why Xhaka is on the pitch, let alone why is he captain. Look at Guendouzi, a guy 20 years old with so much drive and determination to help others, and even take it upon himself if he has to. Why are the youngsters showing more passion than players on tens of thousands of pounds a week?
Speaking of them, why are we not playing Ozil when we need a goal against Villa at home? If we would’ve lost, everyone would’ve asked this question. We need to stop pretending and living in dreamland. The fans spoke, when they booed Xhaka, and they don’t like the manager.
The only other player apart from Guendouzi in the team who showed the difference of quality between Arsenal and Aston Villa was Aubameyang. To give Pepe the chance to get on the score sheet to improve his confidence. Shouldn’t this be coming from the manager?
I think he won’t last the season. Sacking him now would be a masterstroke in my opinion. He looks finished. He looks depressed. He knows the problems, but doesn’t know how to manage the issues. Allegri is available. Just saying. And as stupid as it sounds, Mourinho could also do the job. Our squad is not that bad, it just needs the right manager.