Pressure is mounting on Arsenal boss Unai Emery after just six wins from 18 Premier League games
We’re just 11 games in and the Gunners already find themselves six points off the pace of Leicester and Chelsea in third and fourth respectively.
With just two points from a possible nine against Sheffield United, Crystal Palace and Wolves, Unai Emery’s side have not only slipped from third to fifth in recent weeks, but they’re quickly losing sight of the leading pack.
It’s now just two unconvincing wins from the last nine league games – but it’s not just the recent run of form that is a major cause for concern.
The poor streak of results has continued into the new season from the end of the 2018/19 campaign.
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Since Arsenal beat Newcastle 2-0 at home on April 1, Emery has seen his side pick up just six wins from 18 games in the league, only one of which was by more than a one-goal margin – a 3-1 victory at Burnley on the final day of last season.
Of the other 12 games, we’ve drawn six and lost six, giving us an overall tally of 24 points from those 18 matches and a goal difference of -3.
That record would have Arsenal sitting 13th in the league after matchday 18 last year, 12 points above the drop zone and 13 points off the top four.
It really doesn’t make for pretty reading for Emery.
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At the moment, it’s not looking good for the Spaniard and it’s hard to put forward a case to defend the performances.
Every week, the same issues are there – no discernible style of play, cohesion, creativity or cutting edge.
Support from fans has almost completely dissipated and there doesn’t appear to be many who still believe Emery is the right man for the job anymore.
If the gameplan is to be out shot every weekend, even at home to mid-table sides, and play on the counter attack, it’s extremely risky and not sustainable – as results have shown.
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Realistically, how long can Kroenke, Sanllehi, Edu and co allow Arsenal to get left further and further behind where they need to be before they make a managerial change?
Not much longer, surely? For whatever reason, it just looks like it really isn’t working out for Emery.
Whether it’s tactical, communication or training methods, it doesn’t matter. Results are what a head coach is judged on and Arsenal’s have been well below par.
Leicester and Chelsea are in form and don’t look like letting up, while an out of favour Spurs are just four points behind.
Even Manchester United who are having a torrid time by their standards are also only four points back.
Arsenal travel to Leicester next weekend and any kind of result seems unlikely, meaning the Gunners could quite feasibly be nine points behind where we need to be after just 12 games.
That isn’t good enough and the board can’t allow it to get any worse, otherwise it will already be too late for us to achieve our targets this year.
Qualifying for the Champions League this season feels imperative, which means a change could be just around the corner.
And if it isn’t, we need to be asking serious questions about the ambitions of the club.