Van Persie, Wright slam Unai Emery after Man United draw

Van Persie, Wright slam Unai Emery after Man United draw

Arsenal manager Unai Emery was slammed by Robin van Persie and Ian Wright for his tactical approach against Manchester United on Monday night.

Arsenal found themselves trailing just before half time thanks to Scott McTominay's effort but the visitors secured a point through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. After a flat display in the first half, the Gunners improved in the second half and both Van Persie and Wright were unhappy with Emery's set up at Old Trafford. 

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"The disappointing thing from my side of it, when you look at chances created, Arsenal did do as much in the second half but I think his selection initially [was wrong]," Ian Wright told Optus Sport. 

"With [Granit] Xhaka being the captain it then takes it away from [Lucas] Torreira, because I think Torreira should start and he did. But I do believe [Dani] Ceballos should start. They could have the protection of Torreira and [Matteo] Guendouzi and a bit more creativity. Because when you see Aubameyang get one chance, he takes the chance."

"If you get a midfielder on it who is going to at least try to get the ball into areas where he can run on to it if he gets another chance he may score another goal. I think the manager is just being a bit too cautious. ‘It was a Manchester United team that were lacking in a bit of confidence. Yes, [Marcus] Rashford and [Paul] Pogba were back but I think that Arsenal should have been a little bit more offensive and really put them under pressure," he added. 

Van Persie's verdict

"I agree. The way they started in the second half they should have started the first half. More pressure, chasing the game. Even though you’re just starting the game, try to win it. Try to play positive, try to attack. They waited 45 minutes for that, it’s too late playing in a game like that."

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