Will Emery play Arsenal’s first team against Frankfurt to avert a crisis?

Arsenal only need 1 point from their final two Europa League group games to advance to the knockout stages. We could even lose tomorrow and still qualify, so there would normally be no reason for Unai Emery to abandon his policy of playing the fringe/youth players.

A top manager sticks by his principles no matter what the pressure, once he is having his tactics and team selection dictated to him, he knows he’s in trouble. While that’s not happening, he is aware that failure to win at Norwich could mean tomorrow is his final match at the Emirates.
Usually those who started at the weekend don’t feature midweek, with our squad big enough to field two different elevens.

To be fair that’s worked, with it taking an unlikely set of results to see us not get to the next round, crucial when you consider how far away we are from 4th in the League, making winning this trophy even more vital.

Yet does our manager need the headache of a 7th straight game without a win? Or will he try and avert a crisis?

Usually, where gooners would forgive a slip up when you’re on 10 points fielding a second-string line up, many have lost patience and will make their feelings known on Thursday if we again fail to perform. The Spaniard might feel he needs the insurance of putting out his best side just to get them over the line.

Let’s say the worse were to happen, we lose and Standard Liege beat Victoria, the way our confidence is, would you trust us to go to Belgium and get a result?

It makes Frankfurt a dangerous opponent. Don’t be deceived by our 3-0 victory in Germany, this is a unit who got to the last four of this competition last season, and while they have sold some of their stars they will be dangerous to play against, especially when they to need something out of the game. For them, this is the best time possible to visit London, never will they have a better chance of beating us.

So, does Emery try to avert a crisis, start with the likes of Leno and Auba, which would be publicly admitting he’s under pressure, or does he stick to his beliefs and carry on with those who got him the 10 points so far but who are not as experienced?

Either way, get this next week wrong, this might be the last time we see Emery at the Emirates.

Dan Smith


  1. Skills1000 says:

    Nuno Espirito is the man. we should go all out to get him asap. that is the decision the club should make. pay wolves the needed amount and bring him in.

    1. Loose Cannon says:

      Okay with Nuno provided he brings his team over here.Fed up with seeing mediocre performances every week. Adeus Unai and take with you Xhaka, Kolasinac, Mesut, Belerin, Mustafi, Socrates, Pepe.

      1. Skills1000 says:

        It makes sense if the the board act now. Emery should be sacked irrespective of the outcome of the europa league game. another saturday without a win is not good enough

  2. kev says:

    As already by many sources:

    Wolves boss Nuno Santo has emerged as the leading candidate to be Arsenal’s next manager and has now moved ahead of
    Max Allegri,Pochettino and Nagelsmann.

    Ljungberg could become a manager until the end of the season. Arteta is second choice to replace Emery while others are only targets.

    1. Skills1000 says:

      Hi Kev. i really want this to happen. His records against top 6 teams last season was good. i have a feeling he knows how to get the best from his players. We should get him now. not till the end of the season. Emery has lost his way.

      1. kev says:

        Let’s see what happen then

    2. Daulat says:

      Seems his wikipedia page has thus been reverted to how it was before. Doesn’t show Arsenal now. But it was definitely there for a while.

  3. SAGooner says:

    I do not know what Nuno has to do with the question whether Emery should play his best team against Frankfurt.

    But to get to the answer: From what we have seen this season, Emery does not have a clue what his best team is, and he probably won’t recognise it if it bites him in the ass. Which makes the question purely academic.

    1. Skills1000 says:

      because true fans dont want him to manage the team again. we want the board to grow some balls and do their work asap. to sack him. we cant afford another draw or loss over the weekend. the europa league game today is meaningless.

    2. ken1945 says:

      Brilliant reply SAGooner, couldn’t agree with you more!!!

      It does seem that Dan is condemning him, whatever he does…and thaat probably goes for most of the fans as well in my opinion.

  4. GB says:

    Ceballos, Kolasinac and Bellerin are all out injured.

    1. ken1945 says:

      So he is going to play his strongest team then GB!!!!

  5. Samshak says:

    I want to know if fans can support the club financially? Since it seems the management might be considering their losses if Emery is sacked.

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