A recent inconsistent run of results seem to have made some Arsenal fans lose perspective on their teams results so far this season. A 2-0 win over Chelsea brought the Gunners back to within touching distance of the Blues in the race for a Champions League spot this season.
In reality, Emery has made a solid start to life in north London. The Gunners are still in the Europa League, challenging for a top-four spot and for now at least are still in the FA Cup.
What more could be expected after limited backing?
I am not sure what the disgruntled minority of Arsenal fans expected from Emery. The Spaniard is a football coach, not a magician. He received very little backing the transfer market and the clubs summer spending compared to their rivals was a joke.
However, outing head of recruitment did a pretty good job bringing in the likes of Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira last summer and last January signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The summer transfer window was very much one of austerity. There was certainly no big spend or major improvement of the squad to raise expectations. Emery is probably doing as well as he can do with the current players available to him.
Internal politics should not distract personnel
It seems that there has been a lot of internal politics going on at the north London club of late. It has been reported that a difference of opinion between Emery and Mislintat over signing Denis Suarez has led to the German’s imminent exit from the club.
Emery has experience of this sort of thing at his previous club PSG, as did Mislintat at Dortmund. The club as a whole would do well to avoid internal politics, as it is never good for anybody.
Arsenal look to be progressing
At the minute, there are signs that Arsenal are progressing under Emery. The Gunners are far closer to the league’s top-four this season than in previous seasons, so just that is a big positive for the north London club.
It is early in Unai Emery’s reign as boss and he needs time to put his own team together. A bit of backing from the Gunners hierarchy would not go amiss. They were quite happy to pocket the proceeds of Champions League qualification for two decades. Maybe it is time for them to give some of that money back with the aim of making Arsenal great again.
Have Arsenal made progress under Unai Emery?