Is the Arsenal grass really going to be greener under Emery?

Will Emery be as successful as Wenger under the same restrictions? by Dan Smith

It’s been just over two weeks since Arsene Wenger had his last match for Arsenal and already there seems to be clarity over just how hard a job the Frenchmen had on his hands.

While it may take longer for some fans to regret the disrespect they showed to the greates manager in our history through banners, planes and rants on social media, already evidence has arisen that under the current ownership we have in fact been overachieving by qualifying for the Champions League and winning the odd FA Cup. While who was going to be our next boss was always going to dominate the headlines, the main statement to come out of this summer is that only 50 million is available to spend.

As soon as Ivan Gazidis revealed his transfer policy the shortlist would have changed.The top names in the game have no reason to gamble their reputations unless they truly believe winning the Premiership was realistic. Suggesting that the gap between Arsenal and the Manchester clubs can be closed without serious cash invested is insulting to every Gooner.

So while we are being told that Unai Emery was always the first choice that may only be that the job specification was for a man who was willing to work for owners with zero ambition for the sake of being in charge of a top club.
Depressingly the main take away from his first press conference was explaining how not much needed to be altered in terms of the current squad, failing to add any common sense to how we are suddenly going to close a 36 point gap.
Despite winning the treble and insisting he saw out his contract in France, the reality is a new deal was never on the table. PSG are like Real Madrid, they judge what you do/don’t do in Europe. While not taking away his 3 Europa Leagues with Sevilla, domestic silverware in Paris has to be seen as the equivalent of winning the SPL with Celtic.

Like many would have been sceptical if we had hired Brendan Rodgers based on his work on Scotland can a man be judged when he had so much more money to spend than everyone else In Ligue 1. In fact one title in 2 years could be viewed as a failure when you consider how much money he spent. The idea that he is qualified to deal with a limited budget when 12 months ago he was buying Neymar seems somewhat of a contradiction.

I find it ironic that the fans who are now saying we must back this change couldn’t do the same for a man who gave us 22 years of love and loyalty. How many of those who demanded a new beginning would’ve honestly been happy with Emery and 50 million. Perhaps those fans are now too proud to admit it was Stan Kroenke and not Arsene Wenger who needed to change his ways.

Already the grass doesn’t seen greener.


  1. Pius Pius says:

    This write up is so childish. Arsene was tired and his game plan was nothing going to write home about. Why make Complains when the new man have not even kick a ball!? City spent plenty of cash too, did they win the CL you are crying for? Even you can support, then shut up.

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  2. kev says:

    JUST IN:We’re in talks with Stephan Litchsteiner.Will update you guys ahead of time to know if the deal will go through.
    Sven Minslintat has identified Josha Vagnoman of Hamburg who is in Germany U17 as a player he’ll like to bring to Arsenal this season.He can play LB and RB.
    We’re also looking at Abdou Diallo but Dortmund lead the race but this hangs on them selling Sokratis to us.
    We’re being linked with so many defenders and keepers and this is a good sign.

    1. kev says:

      Seville defender Clement Langlet would prefer a move to Arsenal over Barcelona if they came calling.Its not because we are better than them though but news coming in is that at this stage of his career he feels an Arsenal move will do him more good.
      Also don’t be shocked to hear news about Cristian Pavon making rounds in the media soon.The move is not dead at all.We’ve been monitoring him for a very long time.

    2. kev says:

      Jack Wilshere is not going to sign a new contract and will be leaving Arsenal for free and I’m not saying this based on Instagram post or whatever.
      He will leave for free next month.

      1. GoonerP says:

        He’s already left. He may COME BACK if he agrees a new contract. Let’s wait and see, but I have no interest in listening to your made-up rubbish.

        1. kev says:

          You sure I’m the one speaking rubbish?
          He hasnt already left.We were in negoations with him but but now it seems he won’t sign until we change our stance.He actually wants to stay but it seems our offer is too short for him.
          The rest of the things are true. Litchsteiner is the closest of the above though.

          1. Sue says:

            He’s 34 I read!! Too old

      2. John0711 says:

        Keep em coming Kev u can’t get them all right but at least it’s interesting

        1. Eddie Hoyte says:

          WTF? Why are we chasing a 34 years old defender?

          1. kev says:

            I can see people are now catching on the news.
            We are currently in talks with him and everything should go through soon.The deal is being sped up.I think he’s the Swiss captain hence the need for everything to move fast.

        2. kev says:

          Thanks bro.Will surely keep em coming.
          We’re being linked with many CB’s and keepers which means more lies from the media.
          I’ll try my best this time to only bring the right and accurate stuff.

        3. chris says:

          It is NOT interesting. It is ill informed rubbish.

    3. tencanskelly says:

      I thought Wenger ad left going for freedies but looks like the new manager goes for them aswell at he’s 34 sad ???

  3. Declan says:

    50 mil is a myth made up by the press, not only that, I believe that even if we spend nothing we will improve. New manager, new methods, new tactics, proper coaching. Even subs when required rather than on 70 minutes every game will change us. The grass to me looks very, very green.

    1. Mudassir says:

      tell them, maybe some fans needs to go with Wenger if they are not ready to the team.
      I have been following Arsenal for over half of my entire life (2002 to date), I don’t think there was any manager who was loved and cherished half as Wenger has been loved.
      why can’t you guys stop moaning? for the same of Arsenal?

    2. Sue says:

      Gone up to 70m now Stan has put in another 20 ?

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  4. jussymashnye says:

    you wrote a good article but i disagree on continuing with our longest seving manager,i feel even if he were to be given a lot of money,his team would compete against the manchester club,remember not very long ago we lost the championship to a Leicester team (with a very small budget) when all the other giants were sleeping,i agree Wenger did a lot but that was then,to treat him like a small God…No,especially judging him on the results of his last decade,right now the team finished sixth,its a gigantic task for the new manager to bring back that competitiveness…if the team can be 4th with Emery then its a job well done!,this is how low were sinking, Wenger is gone,the new manager needs support from everyone

    1. RichSAAlao says:

      you speak with two side of your mouth?
      disparaged a manager and wants support for a manager who has not even played his first 45 minutes.

  5. Jimmy Jazz says:

    We need to move on from Wenger. I believe he was a much better manager than many on here think he was, but he needed to go. Should have gone a few years ago. There was, maybe still is, an apathy spreading like a virus throughout the club. To root out the virus and reboot the club Wenger needed to go. We dont know if the £50 million transfer fund is true or not. If it is correct i share the concerns that we wont challenge for the title again any year soon whilst spending so much less than our rivals.

  6. Phil says:

    This article is so contradicting it’s almost embarrassing beyond words.Did the author not believe that the abuse Wenger got and the protests aimed at his teams results and performances were evidence of the frustration felt by the fanbase?By suggesting as he does that the supporters should have shown more respect to a Manager that quite clearly was unable to compete due to his failed methods is so wrong.The performances had become dull and predictable.To have the awayvrecord we had last season was a total embarrassment to the club and the Manager.How he was allowed to get away with it for so long is something the Board and Owner mist admit to and even they knew Wenger could not go on any longer.They acted.He was SACKED.We now move on.To suggestvthe supporters are guilty of anything other than wanting the very best for their Club is insulting to the true fans who have had to endure nothing other than mediocrity for too long

    1. Indy757 says:

      Great article like the guy above . I think the Wenger out crowd is having 2nd thoughts on how they treated a great manager. It will come to light that Wenger had alot on his plate in the final couple of years. I agree we needed a new manager. I just don’t like the disrespect from the so called gunner faithful. And for years Wenger kept us in the cl with less than that 50 million budget. Support the new man but show the old boss some respect

      1. Mudassir says:

        Without those protests Wenger will still be the manager trust me, I will not complain even if no single penny is spent in this summer, it wasn’t all about budget Wenger was left behind. 70minutes substitutions for consecutive 22years enough said.

  7. Durand says:

    Author stated his opinion quite well, except for his comments regarding fans not backing Wenger.

    I’ll try to help tune the author in.

    The last decade, or even 13 years without a title or a serious run is nothing but patience from fans. Utd axed 2 for not delivering. Chelsea axes managers like nobody’s business. Yet Wenger no title, and NO EUROPEAN TROPHIES EVER!

    20 years and no European trophy, 13 years no title and you bash supporters for ceasing to back Wenger? That is the embodiment of patience son! Name me another club, any ambitious club that sticks with a manager that long with no title?

    Frankly, after Wenger’s statement about fans pressure partly responsible for his sacking, I don’t feel bad.

    A parting shot from the man who still refuses to accept his role in his sacking. Arrogant and stubborn until the end. I’m sure Barca and Real Madrid are calling him already. I’m sure they wouldn’t have a problem with 13 years and no title, and no European glory.

    Jog on I say, don’t go away mad, just go away

    1. Kenny says:

      It’s obvious, you’ve not been following the club properly. We operated on a very low budget for 10 years because of the Emirates Stadium being built. Judge wenger with his last 4 seasons

  8. Break-on-through says:

    We need Emery to be top of his game. But also we need Raul Sven and our Medical team to be all leaders in their field. Other teams who throw money after money at their problems can get away with injuries and aren’t relying on their own youth tea and so forth. We need the team that runs the team to shine. We are starting a new chapter, and I have a feeling some people might come out of it with a little more respect for the 20 seasons of consistent finishes for European places. I believe the last two seasons, with us falling off our perch, I reckon fans are equally sharing of the blame here. At the same time, I believe Emery if we can get up to scratch, I believe Emery might be better at getting us over the last hurdle. He’s hungry, he wants to make a name for himself in England. And one day Barca or Real will come calling if he can do what we brought him here to do. But again, it’s not just one man as we need them all to pack punches even Ivan the terrible, though some are coming round to old Ivan.

  9. Nayr says:


    unai is younger and more tactically astute.

    meanwhile seems wilshere is leaving based on instagram post.

    emery has no time for lazy pass pass midfielders.
    soft midfielders.
    ozil should be next.

    replace both with good physical DMs.

    rambo is the main man.

  10. jon fox says:

    An embarrassingly bad article with totally wrong reasoning and a silly conclusion. At least Dan could spell. So for the spelling and nothing else, he gets 1 out of 10.

  11. Grumpy says:

    Well as the title suggests its a little late to question this! Our job as loyal Arsenal supporters is to get behind the new coach and club and give them the support they are going to need. It’s what a lot of supporters wished for, so let’s give Emery the respect and the time and voice our thoughts at the end of next season. Leave the negative thoughts and let’s pull together in a new optimistic era for our beloved club.

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  12. ger burke says:

    oh dear, what a silly old article indeed. it seems like some people on here cattot get used to the idea that our former managers contract has been terminated.people are clutching at straws to try and elevate that man , our former manager, to sainthood. give it up guys, he was sacked, he has departed .out with the very old , and , in with the new.

    1. Indy757 says:

      I think everyone up here said it’s time for a new manager. I d ok bt even think we should bring him up. Butchery telling tgat to the Wenger out crowd. They been hating the man so long that they are still trashing him even after he’s gone. The convo should be only on emery. But now the same ones that wanted Wenger out are trashing emery before he coaches his 1st game. Tighten up gunners fans, we are looking bad to other fans. Liverpool been trash for a while and there fans didn’t act like how we are right now. I don’t care about the name of the coach I’m supporting arsenal.

      1. Phil says:

        I’m not exactly sure what you’ve been reading (or smoking for that matter) but I’ve not seen too many people having a go at Emery on this site.I think most people wanted change and they got it.The fact it is Emery and not Allegri or whoever makes little difference.We all had our preference for who we wanted for the Job but most just wanted Wenger outThe fact most of the headlines is Wenger this Wenger that doesn’t help the fact that the name just won’t go away.Nobody wanted Wenger out more than I did but like most who felt the same as me Wenger is not our concern now.

  13. John0711 says:

    I am excited to see what emery brings
    I do not see him playing
    Auba miki ozil Randy and lacca together unless he brings in two DMs or plays AMN as one
    Apart from Auba none of the other can play wide correctly
    They are all excellent going forward but not the best defensively

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  15. Jeremy says:

    How long more would we still be talking about AW?

    He had left the club, like it or not.

    I find it weird to see some people think fans who wanted AW out, had changed our fan. Where is the base for this? With due respect, the change should have come much earlier.

    I don’t think that many fans are questioning the new man. It is likely the work of the press who are obviously trying to sow discord within fans. I would like to remind fellow fans how much the Press hate us. We were basically guilty of anything under the sun because the press had found us guilty as always. I don’t really need to go to details. How many times were we found guilty by opinion of the press? They are just waiting for more opportunities to gloat over our misfortunes.

    Stay together and no one will move us. Let the rebuilding begins, in peace.

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  17. Grandad says:

    A large majority of Arsenal fans,myself included, felt it was time for a change.We have a new Manager with a proven track record.It is time to close the door on the Wenger era and for us all to get behind Emery.

  18. Victoria Concordia Crescit says:

    OT: Apparently we’re in contact with Lichtsteiner over a potential Summer move. He could provide decent competition/guidance for Bellerin,I’d be happy with this. We need a back up to Bellerín, someone to compete with him. Lichtsteiner has masses of experience and could really push Hector on. Plus it would add a proven winner to the squad. presumably would allow AMN to play in midfield when we rotate & he’s a free agent so there’s minimal risk involved. Sounds like decent business.

    1. Sue says:

      He’s 34!!! Surely we can do better than that

      1. Victoria Concordia Crescit says:

        Yes he is 34. but admit it or not, we need a very experienced defender who’s played in the highest level for long to mentor our defenders (not only Bellerin). we still have young defenders like Holding, Chambers, Mavropanos, Bielik, even Mustaphi can learn one or two things from him .

        who would you rather they learn from ? KOSCIENLY? MERTESACKER? or Lichtsteiner

        1. Sue says:

          Well Per might as well come out of retirement if we’re eyeing up 34 yr olds!!!

          1. Jeremy says:

            I think we need tough guys to teach our youngster some lesson.

            Kos and BFG has nothing to offer when it comes to taking care of thugs on the pitch. Sadly, SB too.

            We need to bring back beasts into our team.

      2. RSH says:

        Free transfer, serial winner, and like all Juve defenders he’s solid as a rock and a nuisance to play again. He played most of Juve games as well so I don’t see his age as an obstacle. I don’t see how it’s a bad transfer. We can get 2 good season out of him and he can teach bellerin not to be terrible.

        1. Victoria Concordia Crescit says:

          The deal is imminent. it’s set to be concluded tomorrow or Monday . subject to a medical . he’s in our training ground already

        2. Phil says:

          Debauchy should never have been sold by Wenger.He has shown good form for St Etienne since he left and would have surely been preferred by managers other than Wenger bearing in mind how bad Bellerin’s form was for most of the season.Litchsteiner is a proven performer and turned the game at Wembley when Juve knocked the Spuds out of the Champions League.Bellerin needs to perform as he will have SERIOUS competition if this signing goes through

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          2. Rudy Garcia fan says:

            Debuchy was shit and much too slow in his last games.
            French league is not that challenging defensively.

  19. Victoria Concordia Crescit says:

    and he’s a bit of a bastard which we need.

  20. RSH says:

    it doesn’t matter if it is or isn’t. This is where we are right now and there’s no going back. Well… technically there is but it’s not going to happen, lol.

  21. the truth is if unai can’t sign defender,we will still move back wards.

  22. sameoldexcuses says:

    We stood with Wenger for fourteen good years of no premier league trophy, humiliating defeats e. g, 8-2, 6-2, 5-2, 10-2 etcetera, of buying injured players, of favoring mediocre players, dragging on transfers, selling players to direct rival clubs, of, lame excuses all the time, playing players out positions, of “one game plan fits all teams” approach to games, etc. Never forgetting that He was being paid not less than 10million pounds a year. Let us likewise stand with Unai Emery and give him opportunity to prove himself

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    2. Greg says:

      Dead right

    3. Rudy Garcia fan says:

      Not 10 mill., though.

      Lying should not be excused, even if not by much.

      on another topic: #KroenkeOut (unless he coughs up more transfer money than Everton).

  23. Victoria Concordia Crescit says:

    Lichtsteiner is on 48 grand a week in juventus . that’s very affordable . we could offer him 60-80. he’s definitely worth it

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