Have the players lost their belief in Emery?
When it comes to talking about Arsenal and the issues they are facing at the moment, one man who is not afraid to say things the way they are, is the former Arsenal defender Matthew Upson.
Over the weekend, Upson was quoted to have said the players had lost their believe in Emery being the man to make things happen, by BBC radio 5.
“[A loss to Southampton] leaves [Emery] in real limbo because I think he’s struggling,” Upson said on BBC Radio 5 Live as relayed by the Express. “I was at Leicester on Saturday and I saw a really poor performance from Arsenal.
“It was almost like they tried to cater to not get beat at Leicester who was on top form, and this is Arsenal, and never really got any kind of grip of the game.”
Upson was then asked if he thought Emery could be gone very soon: “Maybe, maybe that’s the case, maybe there’s already a loss of belief or whatever it may be in the manager,” Upson replied.
“He came to the club, Emery, and he tried to change things, he tried to be more disciplined… I thought he had a decent first season. At the end of last season you thought [you’ve got] this summer now, but you have to make progress this season and I don’t think they have.”
I can’t really say if this is true or not but the fact remains that the players are all acting like they are no longer interested in playing for Emery.
A lot of the players have been coming out to express their displeasure at the direction things are going at the club at this moment, and this statement from Upson may just add some credibility to many people’s belief that all is not rosy at the club and something needs to be done about it fast.
Do you think the players have lost their belief in Emery?