4 Reasons why Unai Emery is suffering at Arsenal
Since joining Arsenal in the summer of 2018, Unai Emery enjoyed an impressive start to his new season's campaign, going nearly 22 games unbeaten. They were on a winning streak in the Premier League, which lasted for barely five games, but they were still looking robust enough to go the distance under their new gaffer.
However, very soon, things started falling apart. Their 22 games unbeaten run was ceased at the hands of Southampton and their decline in form started at the St Mary's Stadium. To add to their loss, they lost their key man Hector Bellerin due to a calf injury which saw him sidelined for nearly 4 weeks.
Unai Emery still looked sharp enough and Maitland-Niles took the job of covering for his teammate Hector. But since then, Arsenal never won a game convincingly. They fought their way hard in every game and it was Unai's tactical nous that did the job for them until they faced the big teams.
Though it is just Unai Emery's first season at Arsenal, this has been a bit of a disappointing start to his new life with the North London side. Why do you think did Arsenal failed to keep up with their form, despite beginning their season in such an impressive way?
If there is any rational reason for Arsenal's dip in form, it's because of the injuries to their key players throughout the competition. Unai Emery signed 5 players when he joined Arsenal, and 4 out of them have been absolutely world-class. The likes of Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi, Bernd Leno and Sokratis have been a step ahead of their fellow teammates, both in terms of superiority and willingness to fight through the hardships.
However, the lack of quality depth in Arsenal's squad has probably cost them their whole season, as their chances for a top 4 finish looks even slimmer. Arsenal lost Rob Holding, Hector Bellerin, and Danny Welbeck on season-long injuries. The latter wasn't a starter under Emery, but he played key roles in keeping Arsenal's Cup win hopes alive and running. Bellerin and Holding were key players and had a very important role in Unai Emery's tactics.
Against Manchester City, Arsenal were ready to put on a fight at Etihad. But just a week before the game, the likes of Mkhitaryan and Sokratis took up calf injuries. Arsenal's backup right back Maitland Niles and central midfielder Granit Xhaka were ruled out for the against City due to groin injuries.
This forced Unai Emery to play a defensive game, and if he would have planned to go as per his normal high-pressing and attacking game, it would have been a repeat of Arsenal's shambolic 5-1 defeat at Anfield in January.