And so it continues…
Under Arsene Wenger the infighting with Arsenal fans was draining, and many have continued their over the top defence or attacking of the manager with Unai Emery.
We have people comparing Emery to Pardew, Allardyce and Tony Pullis. “The Spanish David Moyes” is often tweeted.
I am sorry but I must have missed when these men lead teams to trophies
Meanwhile Emery has 10 winners’ medals locked up in his safe, including 3 European ones (more than Arsenal have in their history).
You can, of course, criticise. Likewise, you can praise. But it comes to a point where it is all a little over the top on both sides. Almost like people are fighting for their bit of attention.
Emery and Arsenal are struggling at the moment. But we as fans need to stick with the team.
The defeat to Sheffield United and draw against Watford are why Arsenal are battling for top 4, rather than a title chasing team.
We know it will take time to rebuild us into a title chasing team, and whilst Emery might or might not be the man to take us forward, he needs to be given a fair crack of the whip.
Unai Emery is a top manager.
You do not win 3 Europa League’s and be named European Coach of the Season if you are a poor manager.
Half way through last season he seemed to get lost within himself. Unsure what to do. Who to play. How to play.
The defensive issues were clear to all and he tried to resolve them. But perhaps tried too hard, swapping between systems and personnel without really allowing anyone or anything to settle.
It is like putting in a strategy in your work place to address underperformance. It does not go well straight away so you change it. And change it again. And again. The problem is not that the strategy is wrong, but not enough time has been allowed to lapse to allow the strategy to become a success.
Emery has been like this with Arsenal.
He is clearly overthinking things. Over complicating things. Constantly chopping and changing what he is trying to do. Players like confused. Unsure what to do. This is poor management.
But it is also something that is easy resolved.
He needs someone senior to put their arm round him, tell them they have faith in him, his methods and his people. To not overcomplicate things. Put out your strongest XI in their best formation and let them play. And just because they do not win their 1st game together, do not make huge changes for the next game.
Have faith in the strategy and give it time to materialise.
Jurgen Klopp was like this at Liverpool.
Despite finishing 8th in his 1st season and back to back 4th places in his next two, he kept faith in what he was trying to do. He ended up leading Liverpool to 2 Champions League Finals – winning 1 – and they currently sit 6 points clear at the top of the league.
The difference between Klopp and Emery is self-confidence. Klopp came across as knowing what he was doing, even when it was not going well and Liverpool were losing to Swansea, Hull and Bournemouth. Emery on the other hand lacks the self-belief, the confidence of Klopp.
This might be the language barrier. It might be just their personalities.
Changing the manager does not instantly change things. The perfect example of that is up at Manchester United.
In the 6 seasons since Alex Ferguson left, United have got through 4 managers – David Moyes, Luis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer. They have spent nearly £850million on new players, including a record breaking central defender in Harry Maguire and breaking the transfer record with Paul Pogba. They spend nearly £70million more annually on wages than both Manchester City and Liverpool.
Despite all the investment, the chopping and changing of managers, they have just 2 top 4 places to show for it in 6 seasons. They have finished as low as 7th.
Under Solsjkaer they sit 14th in the league table…
What this shows is that getting rid of Emery and employing the new fans favourite Massimiliano Allegri will not guarantee and instant change in Arsenal’s success.
In van Gaal and Mourinho; Manchester United employed 2 top managers. The pair both got the team into the top 4 and won 3 trophies between them. They were both sacked.
Allegri, Mikel Arteta, or Freddie Ljungberg would not guarantee Arsenal instant success. Especially if they are not given the time to build their team and implement their strategy.
The other side of the coin is that sticking with Emery will not necessarily lead to the success of Jurgen Klopp.
It is all about making the right decision on the manager at the right time. The 22nd of October is not the right time.
Arsenal currently sit in 5th place in the table; just a couple of points off 3rd. Emery is still the best man to take us to top 4 this season. Get behind him and then make a decision on moving forward in the summer.
If all you do is sit on Twitter and moan, you become no better than those attention seeking idiots who spent half a decade of their life moaning about Wenger.