5 Arsenal players who have flopped under Unai Emery this season
For the Arsenal faithful, the season couldn't possibly get over soon. Nothing has gone right for the Gunners with the club's performance in an absolute mess in recent weeks. This run of abysmal performance has prompted fans to call for the sacking of Unai Emery, just after 18 months in charge.
Without a win in over a month, the board has finally announced the sacking of the 48-year-old manager. Emery's poor tactics have left many Arsenal players on the suffering end of his management and inability to resolve resounding issues in the Gunners' defence. With each passing game, it appears that the players no longer had confidence in Emery and all these factors contributed to his sacking.
On that note, here are five players who have failed to impress this season. Their subpar showings on the pitch might be attributed to the manager's downfall but these players have also caused the team's confidence levels dwindle as the weeks go by.
#5 Granit Xhaka
The season might have changed, but Granit Xhaka's performance in midfield is still equally sloppy and lacklustre. He continues to lose his man, make rash tackles and give away penalties. The worst of them all, he was involved in a spat with the Arsenal fans while playing at home.
When a team is underperforming, the players will look to their captain to steer the team back in the right direction and to get out of the turmoil. However, that failed to happen this season. Instead of being a role model and a leader for the team, Xhaka made a fool out of himself and drew irk from the home fans. The situation was so bad that it was beyond hope and Emery had to appoint Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as the new club captain.
Aside from the spat with fans, the midfielder's performance statistics have not been impressive either. In his nine Premier League appearances this season, Xhaka has a mere tackle success of just 50%. He has also lost more duels (52) than he has won (47). With Emery constantly changing his formation, the former captain has not benefited at all from these disruptions.