Will Emery last the festive season at Arsenal?
Could Emery be looking for a job in the new year?
Unai Emery is on borrowed time, and the recent sacking of Pochettino at Spurs will have done his nerves no good at all. So could he be the next manager to lose his job?
It seems crazy to think that a manager who led his team to a European final last season would be at risk of being dropped, but that`s the reality of modern football. Just take a look at his opponent in that Europa League final last May. Sarri, whose Chelsea side were the favourites according to the bookies
, won the cup, but the Italian was still gone within a matter of weeks.
While expectations are slightly less at Arsenal, Emery will no doubt look at the goings on at Chelsea and Spurs and wonder if he is next. And to be honest, he has every reason to think his job is on the line.
Failing to fix the defense
Despite Emery’s assertion last summer
that the central defense was the area that needed the most improvement, he has failed miserably to address the issue. Arsenal’s defensive frailties have become something of a joke as of late, and there’s no sign of any change to come. Both Sokratis and Mustafi have been incredibly inconsistent and, were it not for the goals of Aubameyang and co. up front, Arsenal would be a lot further down the table than they are right now.
The captaincy debacle
The whole choice of club captain was very poorly handled by Emery. He chose to let the players vote for their choice, but this merely turned the whole thing into a popularity contest. Xhaka took the armband and despite the rumblings of the fan base, Emery stood behind the choice. We know how that ended up, and it now looks like the Swiss international has played his last game for the club.
The manager’s failure to take control of the situation makes it look like he may have lost the dressing room. And as we all know, and as Pochettino can attest, losing the confidence of the players is practically impossible to come back from.
So can Emery last through the festive period? We’re not even sure he can make it into December. The manager is just one bad result away from the sack, but with Mourinho now in a job, who would the board turn to? Perhaps they can give Pochettino a job? – Now that would ruffle some feathers!