Arsenal came into the game against Eintracht Frankfurt knowing that they desperately needed a big result. Emery’s team selection was strong and it certainly appeared as if they were going to go for it, with the home side really taking the game to Frankfurt. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring for Arsenal just before half time, but from there, it all fell apart.
Daichi Kamada scored twice in less than 10 minutes to give the German side the advantage, and when you mix that together with some bizarre substitutions from Unai Emery, you get a defeat that signed, sealed and delivered Emery’s fate. The man himself spoke with the media after the disappointing result.
“I think we deserved more, we controlled the game in the first half, we scored one goal. We, in the first half, were happy for how we took the performance as a team and also individually. In the second half we started the same, we needed to score a goal but we lost the control of the game after 15 minutes and they scored two goals. At the end we changed two players for injuries and we couldn’t do some more offensive changes to achieve, and to take fresh players. We didn’t push, we didn’t really take the chances to draw or win this match.”
It was a case of famous last words for Unai Emery who, as we all know, wound up being sacked less than 24 hours later by the club. It was a decision that simply had to be taken given the direction that the squad was going in, and while he was seemingly a nice enough guy, being a nice guy isn’t enough.
Arsenal’s attention will now turn towards Freddie Ljungberg’s first game in charge as caretaker manager this weekend as the Gunners prepare to go head to head with Norwich City.
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