Having spent just one season at Arsenal, it seems that Unai Emery is not earning the love of the fans, despite taking the team to within touching distance of an all-important top-four finish.
After he took the reins there was some concern that he was a harsh taskmaster, and there have been one or two abysmal performances, so freetips.com looks a little closer at the Gunners’ season.
When Arsenal took on Wolves this week they were tipped to win, particularly with everything at stake in the race for top four, but things didn’t go as planned, with a crushing 3-1 defeat that left fans hanging their heads in shame.
Wolves took their three goals before half time, leaving them with a fairly comfortable second half where Arsenal were unlikely to come back and indeed they didn’t. They managed one consolation goal ten minutes before the end of the match thanks to Sokratis Papastathopoulos but when the final whistle blew their fate was sealed.
When Arsene Wenger’s departure was confirmed, there was a lot of talk that former player Mikel Arteta would replace him, and it seems he was the choice of the fans. It was a last-minute deal that saw Emery take the helm after he impressed the club bigwigs with a lengthy powerpoint presentation leaving midfielder Arteta out in the cold.
Fans have been increasingly allowing their frustration with the season to bubble over and are using social media as a platform to get their voice heard.
Here are some examples of posts from various users on social media:
“Ivan Gazidis and his sidekicks have damaged Arsenal’s seasons for a while now. A forward-looking club would have taken a gamble and appointed Arteta instead of a man who made them feel safe with a PowerPoint presentation,”
“Would still love to have Arteta at Arsenal. Preferably before we sell all of our attacking players.”
“To think Arsenal could have had Mikel Arteta bringing Pep-flavoured hexagonical 4d football romance, but a maths teacher put together a powerpoint instead.”
“Arsenal should have hired Arteta. I am pretty sure he would have inculcated the high pressing game in them.”
“In an alternate universe @Arsenal are 3rd in the league with Arteta as the manager and only 8 points behind Liverpool.”
Since their defeat, the team has dropped to fifth. Below them sit Manchester United who seem to be struggling with the end of the season just as badly, with several defeats in their last few games. This means that Chelsea and Tottenham are currently holding fourth and third respectively, with first and second a foregone conclusion between Liverpool and current title holders Manchester City.
Although no one can predict where they will finish, Emery’s team could be left out in the cold unless they can pull some commanding wins from their final three games where they take on Leicester, Brighton and Burnley.
Once again, on paper Arsenal are the team tipped to win all these matches, but if current form is anything to go by, Emery may find fans gunning for him.