Opinion: Was Unai Emery the problem at Arsenal?

Opinion: Was Unai Emery the problem at Arsenal?

Arsenal sacked Unai Emery last week following a 2-1 defeat to Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League.

A number of fans were happy as their cries were answered by the Arsenal board. Former player lets call him club legend Freddie Ljungberg was appointed as the interim manager as the Gunners continue to search for a permanent Emery’s successor.

Ljungberg took over and his first test was against Norwich City in a Premier League encounter. Did the match come too soon for the interim boss since he only had a single day to train the Gunners? I really don’t think so, this lad has been with Unai Emery before he was fired.

Norwich test

The Gunners came from behind twice to force a draw against Norwich, picking a single point. A number of fans seemed impressed with the way their club under new boss attacked and played a little bit of entertaining football but the defense… I bet we will focus on that later.

After the match, Freddie said that was he was 'proud and honored' to be standing on the touchline and leading Arsenal. He also pointed out at the time given to a boss as he believes pre-season really helps coaches to settle down and know their starting XI.

Brighton defeat

From a draw to a loss in a span of three days. Yes, Arsenal did concede the first, something predictable in every match, right? Just a quick stat, Only Norwich (10) have conceded the first goal in more Premier League games than Arsenal (9) this season.

Brighton played as if they were in Amex Stadium, the Gunners were completely outplayed in all aspects maybe they had more offsides (7) that the visitors who had zero. The 2-1 defeat to the Gunners meant the north London side is winless in nine games in all competitions, its longest such streak since a run of 10 in March 1977. I wish I could write 1977 in CAPITAL LETTERS.

A well-deserved win for Brighton as the victory was first ever Premier League away win against ‘big six’ opposition and the first time the Seagulls netted more than once in such a match.

More worry to the fans, imagine no team in Europe's top five leagues have faced more shots on target at home this season than Arsenal (52) and yesternight they allowed nine from Brighton.  


To Arsenal fans, you want the club to compete with the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea and maybe Leicester City. Depth wise, do you think the club has quality players, good enough to fit Liverpool or City squad.

The Gunners MUST spend, and spend heavily not buying old players as they did by bringing in David Luiz from Chelsea. How many Arsenal players can start in the Liverpool squad? City too… anyway, let that slide. Pepe should be handed a start or alternatively loan the winger back to Lille until the end of the season.

Arsenal’s main issue is at the back as well as on the wings and midfield too. William Saliba was loaned out to Saint-Etienne at the start of the season and the defender has hugely impressed in Ligue 1. It is simple, recall Saliba, it is high time for the Frenchman to start playing for the north London side and by the end of the season, you will have one of the best players.

The club needs to spend on midfielders, a proper box to box midfielder, release Granit Xhaka if possible and Mesut Ozil too and go for wide players and get quality players.

Who should we blame?

Well, a number of supporters claim Unai Emery wasn’t the problem but part of it. But should we blame Arsene Wenger, Unai Emery or the new man Fred Ljungberg?

This isn’t their fault neither or the players as well but a complete failure across the board, with players lacking confidence and motivation and no one stepping up to turn that around.

Over to you Arsenal Board!