The tide turns real fast in football. Unai Emery was being hailed as a genius some months ago. Right now, fans and pundits don't know what exactly to make of him. Some fans on social media have already started asking for his head midway through his maiden season at the club.
Arsenal's 22 game unbeaten sequence has been followed by a string of inconsistent performances and results. Emery's cause has also not been helped by the Solksjaer's Manchester United revolution that has seen the Red Devils close down the 8-point gap to Arsenal.
Injuries, loss of form, financial constraints and concern over the future of Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey have been a stumbling block and contributed to Arsenal's demise in recent weeks.
With Manchester United breathing down Arsenal's neck and fans getting agitated, we consider three tactical alterations Emery must make to get a good result against Chelsea.
#1 Start Lucas Torreira and Mesut Ozil
For some reasons one cannot comprehend, Emery has chosen to drop Lucas Torreira for the last two games. It gets more intriguing to note that Mesut Ozil has not featured in the Premier league since Boxing Day.
Against Chelsea, Emery must start two of them to ensure a positive result against the Blues. Torreira should be brought in to provide the grit and balance in midfield. Ozil on the other hand, should start in order to bring the creative edge the Gunners have lacked in previous games.
In the PL, Lucas Torreira has made 28 interceptions, 43 tackles and 142 recoveries. He is in the top three among Arsenal players in each of these categories. Matteo Guendouzi is another young and promising central midfielder but does not offer as much balance as Torreira offers to this Arsenal side.
Mesut Ozil may not be the most hard working player in the world but his genuine quality when he is up for it, is not in doubt. The German should be given an opportunity to prove this class to the boss.