In no uncertain terms, the club's season very much rests on the Europa League and anything but success would spell trouble both in the short and possibly long term too.
Arteta and his staff can consider this first leg something of a let-off but it's a courtesy they won't be afforded again. Play like this next week and it's season over.
In the end, things just didn't work out for Unai and his team in London - perhaps we were a little harsher on him than he deserved
How has Mikel Arteta fared in the first eight matches of this season compared to his predecessor?
The announcement came late, too late in truth, but at least it came; Unai Emery has been sacked. In terms of our Champions League aspirations, I think our season may be beyond salvaging at this point – particularly given the form of three of the current top four teams in the Premier League. But in … Continue reading Unai Emery’s sacking arrived too late but at least it arrived
As the mocking chants rang around Filbert Street the Walkers Bowl the King Power Stadium during Arsenal’s rain-soaked 2-0 defeat to Leicester on Saturday, I confess to feeling a sense of certainty that the home fans had it right. After a miserable run of results and turgid, listless performances, defeat to a top four rival … Continue reading ‘You’re *not* getting sacked in the morning’ – Arsenal board appears to back Unai Emery
When quizzed on the whereabouts of Mesut Ozil last week, Unai Emery gave the strongest hint yet that his continued and, presumably, permanent omission from the squad was a decision sanctioned by those at the top level of the club. Speaking to reporters ahead of the Crystal Palace match, the Spaniard said: “Here we have … Continue reading A shrewd move or management by PR? Unai Emery brings Ozil in from the cold
No man, woman or child on the planet was more relieved at the final whistle on Sunday than Unai Emery. From the slathering jaws of defeat, Arsenal snatched and clung on to victory over Aston Villa despite their best efforts to sabotage themselves and gift every advantage to their opponents. In the end, fans left … Continue reading What Aston Villa result revealed about how Arsenal’s season will play out…
The launch of Arsenal’s Europa League campaign at Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday feels like an unwelcome distraction after a stinker of a weekend for the Gunners. Sunday’s lamentable draw at Watford – coupled with wins for all our top four rivals - has left fans in a rancorous mood and a tricky midweek trip to … Continue reading Frankfurt vs Arsenal: Europa League clash comes at the wrong time for wobbling Gunners
Where the blame lies for Arsenal’s calamitous capitulation against Watford on Sunday is unclear but, perhaps for the first time in his reign, Unai Emery is under real pressure. With a 2-0 lead against the league’s bottom side and 45 minutes played, Emery could have been forgiven for thinking his afternoon had gone largely to … Continue reading Watford 2 Arsenal 2: Spotlight on Unai Emery as pressure starts to mount