Unai Emery has had a full season as Arsenal Manager. His report card was not great. It was not bad either. This was meant to be the season in which he – and Arsenal Football Club- cranked it up a notch especially in the Premier League. As it stands, saying that the supporters have been deceived is an understatement.
The last seven weeks have been riddled with poor results after poor results. From the Arsenal Captain Granit Xhaka being booed off the field at home- and the captain reacting- to losing two goal leads to having no structure and no game plan to leaving Mesut Ozil out of the squad for a large number of games and then surprisingly bringing him back, Unai Emery seems to have lost the plot and the belief and support of his players and the powers that be at the club.
After signing David Luiz, the veteran Brazilian right back from their arch-rivals, there was a feeling that there would be a sense of stability but as it stands after 13 games, Arsenal has conceded 19 goals and scored 18. Pretty embarrassing stuff from a team that is meant to be showing signs of improvement. In the middle of the pitch, only Matteo Guendouzi can hold his head up high so far this season given the very impressive performances he has put in week in, week out. For Lucas Torreira, he has unfortunately been used further forward than he would have liked, thereby leading to a slight loss of form. For Xhaka, he has not been great so far – see the penalty he conceded against Tottenham earlier in the season- and he has not been helped as he has more or less been axed from the squad. For Dani Ceballos, he has simply not done enough for him to be able to cement himself in the starting eleven.
Further forward, the 72 million pound signing of Nicolas Pepe was supposed to transform Arsenal fortunes. That has not happened this season. He has had some good games and has been wasteful in most. It is still early days but it can never be encouraging to be trying to adjust in a team that is in complete disarray. Other forwards like Lacazette and Aubameyang would most likely not stick around and ride the storm as they possess enough quality to start in a lot of top teams around the world.
Ultimately, for Unai Emery, he has not handled a lot of issues properly. Getting outshot at home to Wolves and Southampton is not something to be proud of and then coming out to say that your game plan worked especially considering the fact that Arsenal was actually lucky to draw both games says a lot about his ambitions as a manager.
Unai Emery is most likely done as Arsenal Manager. The question now is, what is the next step? For him and for Arsenal.