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Ancelotti plays down Arsenal links while Espirito Santo refuses to comment 0

Posted on November 28, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

Numerous reports claiming that Arsenal boss Unai Emery has come near the end of the road have created a sense of a change in the post being almost imminent. Given the results the Gunners have lately been getting, it’s becoming all too easy to believe in such an outcome. Naturally, under such circumstances, speculations about who would be the man to succeed the Spaniard have been coming thick as well.

Here are some¬†names put forth by the media, and some – let’s call them developments.

Emery & Mustafi talk to the media before Frankfurt – Part 2 0

Posted on November 28, 2019 by Harry Kettle

On Frankfurt’s style of play:
SM:¬†Frankfurt is a team with a coach who has a very good identity. You can tell their idea of the game and how they want to play. Nothing is random, they’re very coordinated. Even if you know how they play, you can’t always anticipate it as a defender. If you anticipate their attacking moves, you may open up different spaces for them to capitalise on. It’s a team with attacking strengths so you have to be focused for 90 minutes. They don’t hog possession without gaining any space. They’re very organised on the ball and want to get it back as soon as possible. It’s hard to play against teams like these. It’s not easy.

Emery & Mustafi talk to the media before Frankfurt – Part 1 0

Posted on November 28, 2019 by Harry Kettle

It’s safe to say that Unai Emery is feeling the pressure, and it’s also safe to say that Shkodran Mustafi isn’t exactly one of the most popular players within Arsenal’s ranks right now. So what do they do? They both get selected to take part in a press conference before the club’s vital game against Eintracht Frankfurt tonight.

Sacking Emery a matter of time – Ornstein 0

Posted on November 26, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

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.

The allarm bells are ringing 0

Posted on November 25, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

It’s now been 15 months since Unai Emery led the team in a competitive game for the first time, and at this point it feels safe to say that things haven’t improved at all since then. In fact, it could be argued that they’re looking even bleaker than in the last days of Arsene Wenger’s 22-year reign.

The defence has been the most criticized section of the squad and rightly so, but Arsenal at least still had that familiar attacking swagger when the legendary Frenchman departed. They’re still scoring goals, but at the moment it feels that even in that area a lot of things have to come together for the ball to find its way into the opposition net.

Unai Emery talks to the media after Southampton draw – Part 2 0

Posted on November 25, 2019 by Harry Kettle

On the formation change:
That’s a decision I’ve made because I need to find a solution. We play with three centre backs to feel stronger defensively. But also because in the first half, we were better defensively. But it wasn’t enough. We needed to attack more in the second half so I changed it. Then when we were attacking more, we had 20 or 25 minutes where we were better offensively but then defensively we lost a little bit of that balance and conceded more chances than we wanted. That is the issue. I need to work, I need to analyse, I need to find a solution. Today I tried that, starting with the centre backs, changing in the first half when we were drawing because we wanted to win. We wanted to achieve more risks to attack and to get more players in the attacking third. But then we struggled defensively then with their transition. Now we are going to analyse it and find solutions as to whether we are better with three or two centre backs, the balance, and then work out how we can be stronger defensively and offensively. We lost that balance. We had a strong start to the second half in the first 20 or 25 minutes, but then we lost that balance and defensively we struggled more than we needed. At the end we drew and it’s not enough. We’re frustrated and disappointed, so are the supporters. Now we are speaking in the dressing room, the coaches, the club, and we need to work and analyse to find a solution. We can be disappointed at the moment but we need to keep on moving for the next match, to prepare and improve on the issues.

Unai Emery talks to the media after Southampton draw – Part 1 0

Posted on November 25, 2019 by Harry Kettle

Arsenal were unable to get the job done against Southampton at the weekend, drawing 2-2 with the relegation contenders. As you can imagine the calls for the sacking of manager Unai Emery have been growing – but even with that being the case, he’s still attempting to keep up spirits – especially in his post match press conference.

Arsenal salvage a point against Southampton 0

Posted on November 24, 2019 by Harry Kettle

Arsenal fans went into yesterday’s game against Southampton with an all-time low level of confidence, and in the end, that was justified. The Gunners were unable to secure all three points against the Saints, and they were even lucky to take a point from the clash.

Danny Ings gave the hosts an early advantage with Alexandre Lacazette bringing them back into the game not long after, but late in the game, James Ward-Prowse gave the visitors what they hoped would be the winner. Alas, Lacazette popped up once again in the sixth minute of injury time to save their blushes and guide them towards a point.

Torreira has a future at Arsenal – Emery 0

Posted on November 24, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

Speaking to the press in the buildup to Arsenal’s 2-2 draw against Southampton on Saturday, manager Unai Emery said Lucas Torreira, who has been linked with departure for a while, has a ‘big future’ at the club.

The midfielder was reportedly an object of interest for AC Milan as the Rossoneri parted ways with Gennaro Gattuso and replaced the club legend with Marco Giampaolo, the man who coached Torreira at Sampdoria prior to his switch to the Emirates last year. However, the return to Italy did not materialize, and what’s more, Torreira himself spoke out and said he was perfectly happy in North London. Due to a bad start to the season in Serie A, Giampaolo was quickly sacked and Stefano Pioli took over at Milan, but the rumours about their interest in Torreira resurfaced.

Emery gives his thoughts on Mourinho to Tottenham 0

Posted on November 23, 2019 by Harry Kettle

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has been talking to the media prior to the Southampton game, but as opposed to all of the questions being about the Saints, quite a few people wanted to hear his thoughts on Jose Mourinho. Why? Well, of course, because he has replaced Mauricio Pochettino as manager of Arsenal’s bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

It’s been a chaotic few days, and now, Emery has tried to make sense of it all

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