After Arsenal’s gutwrenching defeat at newly-promoted Sheffield United, the usual kneejerk reaction has come from fans calling for Emery’s head. We have had analysis that shows clearly that Arsenal have not improved at all this season, and a case could be made that we are going backwards.
But there is also the fact that we are only just getting Lacazette, Tierney, Bellerin and Holding back, and although the big story is that Darren Bent thinks we should sack Emery and get Allegri now, the fact is that he gave both sides of the story. He was quoted in the Express as saying on Talksport: “It’s a tough one because you’d say a lot of Arsenal fans now, with Allegri waiting there, most Arsenal fans would say ‘strike now’ because they’ve missed out on managers previously when Wenger was there,”
“But then you think to yourself ‘give him a chance to get some players back’.
“You talk about Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding, Kieran Tierney who was on the bench [on Monday] and Holding was on the bench. Defensively these guys will make a difference.
“I don’t understand [why Tierney and Holding were on the bench]. Defensively, if you go Bellerin, David Luiz, Rob Holding and Tierney, that is a very, very good back four with the goalkeeper.
“But for whatever reason, you can see the players last night, Sokratis, they’re not good enough.
“But with the situation at United and at Spurs not being great, I think Arsenal might have to strike now.
“If they want to go and get Allegri rather than wait – listen he’s going to get a job, whether it be United or Spurs or one of them, Allegri’s going to go somewhere.”
He also mentioned that Zidane could be available son, but he concluded: “So for me, being an Arsenal fan, I’d like to see him given time but I’d understand why they’d pull the trigger now because they don’t want to miss out on one of these top managers, and Allegri being the one right now who’s out there and available to go and get.”
So, we all know our start to the season has been less than fantastic, but we are still in 5th place and if we improve drastically with all our players back, we can still easily make Top Four.
I personally think that there is no way Arsenal would sack Emery right now, do you?