Obviously, Arsenal suffering a 2-0 defeat home on the opening day of the Premier League campaign is the ideal start to a campaign for the Gunners. However, the defeat must be put into perspective.
Arsenal were playing against arguably one of the best football teams that has ever graced the Premier League in Pep Guardiola’s City. It is no disgrace to suffer defeat, but it shows there is plenty of work for Emery to do to revive the Gunners.
Early days for Emery
The transition from 22 years of veteran boss Arsene Wenger to Emery was never going to be a simple one. The players have still only worked with the Spanish boss for a few months.
Those who played at the World Cup have had even less time to get to know Emery’s style and the way he wants things done. In short, it is very early days in his reign as Arsenal boss. The Spaniard was not a quick fix appointment. He was appointed with the long-term in mind and does not have a magic wand. If he did, then PSG would have become European champions under the Spaniard.
However, he has proven in the past with the likes of Valencia and Sevilla he is master at developing teams. He is a highly thought of boss in the football world, so he should get time.
Guendouzi did not hide
One of the most noticeable aspects of Arsenal’s performance against City was young central midfielder Matteo Guendouzi’s performance. The French youngster has been criticised for making a few mistakes, as he gave the ball away on a few occasions and he looked out of his depth at times.
However, he also looked bright and energetic as well he did not hide. For a player of 19 up against one of the best teams in Europe, his display deserves credit. He is obviously a player with potential and he will get better with experience.
Arsenal will improve as the season moves on
Hopefully, once the players get more accustomed to working with the new boss, Arsenal’s performances will improve. The Gunners squad is not that different to the one Wenger left, with just four new faces, so they are accustomed to a certain sort of mentality.
The north London team are now odds of 15/8 to finish in the Premier League’s top-four. They are the only one of last season’s top-four who failed to win on the opening day of the campaign.
It is ridiculous to judge Unai Emery on one game. Maybe we will have a better idea of where the Gunners are at over the few months, but judging him now would be massively unfair.
Will Unai Emery get the time to prove himself at Arsenal?