Arsenal are coming off the fact of a pretty, well, fascinating game against Watford, in which they were unable to hold on and secure the three points they desired (and desperately needed). They were 2-0 up at one stage and seemed to be in cruise control but in the end, they allowed their defensive issues to get the better of them in a massive, massive way.
As such, they have now gone three games without a win after the loss to Liverpool, the draw to Tottenham and the draw to Watford. While the results against the Reds and Spurs are somewhat understandable, this still counts as something of an unofficial slump for the club – and because of that, the question marks surrounding Arsenal boss Unai Emery have already begun, regardless of whether or not you think that is fair.
A lot of things have been called into question in regards to how he functions as a manager and what kind of tactics he’s putting in place, and that’s only natural when you’ve made some decisions that are considered to be a bit odd or don’t really make much sense in the grand scheme of the team. Alas, through it all, Emery has remained pretty focused on the task at hand: and he needs to stay that way as we look ahead to the start of the Europa League group stage this Thursday.
Wait and see
Eintracht Frankfurt are one of the more intriguing sides in this stage of the Europa League, and by that, we mean they could be a real danger to Arsenal. Even with that being the case, though, Arsenal are more than strong enough to go to Germany and secure the three points. The big question is how their confidence has been impacted by what has happened in the last few weeks.
There’s no way to know the answer to that until things get underway on Thursday evening, but whatever the case may be, we’re bizarrely excited by the prospect of the Gunners having their backs up against the wall. Maybe this is the kind of push they need to come out the other side as a better, more complete team.
One thing we can say for sure: the next week will determine a lot of things in regards to the future of Unai Emery, and that’s a fact.
Do Arsenal need to win in Germany against Eintracht Frankfurt?