David Ornstein, formerly of BBC and now writing for the Athletic, believes it’s only a matter of time before Arsenal part ways with manager Unai Emery.
The club have backed the boss on a few occasions when he cane under fire due to poor results this season, but Ornstein says that the messages coming out of the club are now different. On a podcast the respected journalist did for his current employers, together with Mark Chapman, he said that things looked as it was now ‘a matter of when, rather than if’, but it would still depend on the immediate results.
Emery seems set for one last chance to turn the tide around, but there will be no room for mistakes this time. Arsenal got away (yes, got away is the right phrase here) with a point at home against one of the main candidates for relegation, Southampton.
The Gunners face a rather favorable string of upcoming games. They play Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League on Thursday, and then they go to Norwich. After that, it’s Brighton and Hove Albion at home, West Ham away and Standard Liege in Belgium, before they take on the defending Premier League champions, Manchester City at the Emirates on December 15.
Looking at the list on paper it does seem favorable for the coach, but he simply has to get it right, and straight away. There is no room for mistakes, and his team needs to start taking games by the scruff of the neck and winning them.
However, there doesn’t seem to be much confidence in his ability to turn things around. Some reports claim the club have already contacted Massimiliano Allegri about the possibility of taking over, but apparently the former Juventus boss has some slight reservations about taking the job, because he wants his next club to be competing for titles, as well as the Champions League.