Should Arsenal be looking to replace Emery?

The following paragraph is taken from an article written by Adam Bates for sky.

Unai Emery was brought in to improve Arsenal but the decline has accelerated under Arsene Wenger’s successor, writes Adam Bate. Faith in Unai Emery is fading fast but he doesn’t help himself. The pressure is building.  Some of the stats are damning. The Gunners conceded 25 shots against Wolves, the most that any Premier League team has faced in front of their own fans this season or last. It is the most that any Arsenal team have ever conceded in a Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium. And yet, it is still not as many as the 31 shots they faced at Watford recently – a Premier League high this season.

Emery was brought in to address defensive problems but the systemic defensive issues are still there. The team is neither pressing, neither possession-based neither controlling the game. Instead the team seems to be set up to counter the opposition rather than impose a style/game plan on the opposition. Against City and Liverpool, the approach can be understood but against the rest of the teams? His tactics seem confusing. They have however improved in fast transition and seem to be focused on being a counter-attacking team. It is however only creating less than 2 big chances per game and if Auba (and Laca) were not so good in front of goal, the team would not be able to score much as the chances are simply not created.

Emery has now a solid squad at his disposal and it seems that he is  not getting enough from it. When you have Auba, Laca, Pepe, Ozil, Martinelli and even Saka at your disposal up front, you would hope that the team can create more chances and that the game plan is more exciting than it is at the moment.

The heat is on Emery but who would you like to replace him?


  1. No one, he should stay until the end of the year.
  2. Ljunberg should be given a chance a la Ole style
  3. Allegri, and his trophy-laden record in Italy. He is, however, very much a fan of the team shape rather than a fan of pressing. In the EPL, it seems that pressing is key to success. He is, however, an astute coach with the ability to play in various systems depending on what is at his disposal. He is not one to ask for shiny signings.
  4. Arteta, our former captain who is being groomed by Guardiola, He knows the club, he knows the players and he was a leader on the pitch respected by his peers although his captainy coincided with the declining years under Wenger. Guardiola rates his tactical awareness.
  5. Mourinho, our nemesis. A man whose ego tends to cast a shadow on the club he manages. A man who had success with Porto, Chelsea, Inter, Real and Man Utd. He knows the EPL, he is obsessed with winning and he would try to address our defensive issues. He is a diva and may make some fancy demands and play the spoilt child if he does not get the toy he wants.
  6. Blanc, an underrated coach. Knows the EPL as well, favours possession football. He likes the Barcelona type of game so he wants his team to also be able to get the ball back and to conserve it.
  7. Ten Hag, Ajax magic coach. Ajax philosophy, nurturing the youth and playing pretty and effective football.
  8. Favre, Dortmund coach. Similar to Ten Hag and Blanc in a away but likes also more direct football.
  9. Vieira – Henry, former heroes looking to make an impact as coaches. Vieira more successful so far.
  10. Ralph Rangnik – the visionary that has made RP Leipzig a solid club in the Bundesliga
  11. Someone else




52 Responses to Should Arsenal be looking to replace Emery?

  1. carl shadbolt says:

    On a football term and what is expected at Arsenal FC by the fans he has to go !!! But the question is who replaces him?? Brendan Rodgers would be without doubt the best fit but then you have Arteta who has Arsenal DNA in his blood !! The more likley is Arteta but the other question is can he handle the expectations of the fans? Has he got the experience needed to turn the club around? He has been learning from one of the best in the business but is that enough to qualify him?
    What is for sure something at AFC has o change and change quickly but from what i see its not just the manager !! Its the board as well..Arsenal are in danger to lose their best players because of the actions of a board member sanellhi and possibly Laca will look towards pastures green if something within the club doesnt change !! Xhaka for me is not going to be a loss at all if he leaves ! But losing Laca and Auba will cripple the club !!
    We at the moment are in free fall !! Our form is that of a relegation side !! and 4th is a long long long way off our sights !! and personally i cannot see us making the sort of ground we need to over the course of the season !! We wont catch Chelsea or leciester fact !! and City will be impossible to beat or catch !! Yes we have return games against them but for me they are miles ahead of us !! we need a change now !! or it will be too late !!

  2. Akan says:

    For Christ sake Not Mikel Artteta please,, or Mary Murinho,,
    Get Brendon Rodgers,, at all costs

  3. Sue says:

    Nice one, RC 👍
    I must admit, I have my doubts about Arteta. I know he’s learning from Pep, but has he really got it in him to turn things around at Arsenal?
    I’m afraid to say I never saw him as a leader, not in the way I saw Vieira or Adams.
    We can’t afford to get this next appointment wrong… someone with plenty of experience, I say.. but who? I honestly have no idea!! 😳
    A definite no to Maureen though! I don’t want him anywhere near my club!
    As for the others you’ve mentioned, RC, Allegri looks a good option…

  4. Rasp says:

    Thanks for a timely post RC.

    My feeling is that Arteta is not only untesed, but that he is also too quiet in his personality to have the motivational ability alongside the coaching capability required. If you want a high energy team you have to have a high energy manager who engages in a way the players (all young men) can identify with.

  5. Derrick says:


  6. RC78 says:

    Sorry forgot to add Rodgers to the list 😦 but glad some of you mentioned him already 🙂

    I agree that we need a change ASAP and if it ever happens before the end of the year, it is NOT gonna happen before the 20th of December though 😦

    I am a firm believer in competence over experience so I am ok to have a young coach but he/she would need to have demonstrated success or at least a vision even in their short career…As a result, Arteta and Ljungberg are not an option for me.

    I would also need a coach that can fix our defensive issues and having seen Vieira and Henry’s teams and although I loved them as AFC and France players, I don’t think they have the nous to get us through this rough defensive patch…

    I like Rangnik, Favre and Ten Hag for their ability to actually get teams to play “their way” but I don’t think we will be able to snatch them in the middle of the season…

    Blanc would be a good option and he can make us play good possession footabll but we would revert to a more “Arsene” type of football, which may not guarantee us a sharp enough turn of form/results.

    That leaves us with Allegri, Mourinho and others…

    Many mentioned Rodgers and I agree that he could be a good coach but would he leave Leicester to join us in the middle of the season. No chance…and we need a fix ASAP but why not get him at the end of the year…but that would require us to finish in Top 4, not guaranteed at the moment

    Allegri is next. The guy is a classy coach and is astute tactically and he puts a lot of emphasis on team shape rather than playing style. You would see an organized team in terms of attacking play and defensive play but he always had good teams at this disposal that were generally better than the opposition (Juve, AC Milan) in Italy but he also did relatively well in CL football so that demonstrates he can adapt. I think he will be hit by the same language issues/criticisms though that Emery is facing and at this stage, I think we need someone who can communicate very clearly in English too so they can appeal to the media and the fans.

    That leaves me with Mourinho and others. I don’t like Mourinho as a character/persona so much but he is a proven winner in the EPL, he is known to make teams stronger defensively and he can speak English rather well so m uch so that his communication can either rally you with him or against him. He is of course a diva too but he is available now. Would he be a good fit for Arsenal? I don’t know but he ticks a lot of boxes.

    Others – If Heynckes spoke good English, I would have loved AFC to approach him. The guy is a real master coach and with a team of former Arsenal players with him to assist him like Lehmann, Campbell, Gilberto, Ljungberg, Anelka or Henry, I think he would have been the perfect mentor for 18 months…

    There is also the rumour about Luis Enrique but again, his English may be lacking.

    Now there is also…a certain Ancelotti who may become available. He would also be a good option to consider and he is a very very classy coach. Sets up his teams in 4321, which I think could fit us and he could bring with him players like Koulibaly and Allan, both of them would improve us defensively.

    There is no easy answer to this conundrum of coaches but if we part with Emery soon, my preference would be to take someone to rapidly steady the ship for 6 to 18 months and he/she would basically groom one of our former legends to become our head coach. Heynckes would be the best one but I am not certain about his English language fluency…Some have also suggested Benitez..

    So to add to the confusion…I end this post 😛

  7. RC78 says:

    Xhaka to AC Milan to join Gazidis. Let s hope we can break even with his sale.

  8. GoonerB says:

    Thanks RC

    I feel the answer to your title question is most likely yes. Little nagging doubts creep in at times about whether it is too early when I hear the board backing him and Gary Neville also said it was too early.

    However, I look at what both Lampard and Rogers are doing in a far shorter time frame and feel that the time has been ample, not to get absolute success but to see some progression. I don’t see the progression and this is more worrying for me. The stats regarding shots on goal and on target both for us and against us are the most damning. For me they show a style of football that is going nowhere other than into further regression.

    Sometimes a manager is just in the wrong place at the wrong time and I don’t feel Emery, despite his successes before arriving, was prepared for this league and I have felt fairly certain for a while that Emery has not quite understood the premier league and what is required.

    Sometimes when a manager loses his way it becomes nigh on impossible to make a U-turn and claw it back due to the mounting pressure. A complete change in a different direction of playing style will require some time to implement, but that acceptance of time is normally accepted by the fans for a new manager not someone who has already used up a lot of time going nowhere.

    It could easily be that after a period elsewhere Emery could return to this league more successfully using this experience to go in a different direction from the outset, and maybe with a better grasp of the language.

    Who would be a good choice? Difficult, I have always touted Arteta but do recognise the risks that others have pointed out. I still have a positive gut feeling about him though and wouldn’t be unhappy to take that risk.

    What I don’t know is how good is Allegri’s and Enriques English. Enrique could certainly be a strong consideration if his English were sound. RC’s analysis of Allegri’s preferred style makes me slightly question its translation into the premier league.

    I would actually say the least risky out of the strongest managers is Ancellotti, and I had forgotten about him. He has been here and done it and his Chelsea that won the league was the most entertaining Chelsea in many years. They won it with style. He seems slightly atypical as an Italian coach in that he allows more freedom in attack than many of them but he still seems to have a solid structure and base behind his teams.

  9. GoonerB says:

    Sorry, I haven’t mentioned Rogers or the chap at Ajax as I just don’t think we can get them. Rogers will not abandon what he has just started at this stage and the Ajax guy will be in demand and by clubs who are ahead of us now.

  10. Sue says:

    RC.. Neil Warnock became available last night, why isn’t he on the list?! 😆 (Just kidding!)

  11. RC78 says:

    @Sue…would be too far fetched… I also like Jesus from Benfica… He could be quite good.

    But all and all, despite all his flaws, Mourinho does not appear to be the worse option in the end… And it pains me to say it

  12. Sue says:

    I think I’d cry if he was announced as our new manager, RC!!

  13. RockyLives says:

    Thanks RC

    No mention of Allardyce? Or Phil Brown? No Pulis?

    What kind of a list have you given us???

    (Actually, joking aside, it suddenly dawned on me that we would probably be harder to beat if Pubis, Fat Sam or Orange Phil were in charge 😦 )

  14. fred1266 says:

    Does red level Membership get access to away games trying to get a ticket for West Ham game

  15. Sue says:

    No it doesn’t, Fred.

  16. fred1266 says:

    Any suggestions how I can get tickets to that game sue

  17. Sue says:

    There are lots of sites, Fred.. how reliable they are though, I don’t know! I’ve only been to a handful of away games myself & that was only because people I know got tickets for me.
    Last resort you could always become a member of West Ham too, although you’d have to sit with the hammers! 🤪
    Sorry I can’t be of more help.

  18. VP of Oz says:

    Benitez and I hear Wenger is also available.
    Imagine Wenger coming back just to finish the season off until a new coach is appointed.

  19. fred1266 says:

    Ok thanks sue, guess am off to Paris, and forgot about that WH game

    I quick question please tell me red level can get me a ticket for standard Leige game

  20. RC78 says:

    Is anyone around London around NYE? If you are and have an extra ticket for an AFC game, let me know 🎫😊 am desperate to watch a game, any game, at the Emirates… Worse comes to worse, I d be more than delighted to meet the blog crew in London to watch a game in a pub 😉

    Fred, when in Paris, try to go to Place des Vosges and drop by Nectarine for their tartatin

  21. Sue says:

    That game is away isn’t it? No, Fred. not away.. if only it had been at home, you’d have got one!
    Which PSG game will you go to? Could you please hold a sign up (for me!) asking Cavani for his shirt? 😜

  22. fred1266 says:

    I will love if arsene come back

  23. fred1266 says:

    Ok thanks rc78, will we be meeting up for a cup of tea
    No tea is an English thing , what do French people have

  24. fred1266 says:

    I remember I bought tickets to an away game in 2016 with my membership while am london I get a call from my sister telling me I have a package when she opened it it was my game ticket

    So I seem to be destined not to see them play away

    Psg v galatasary

    Cavani said he will not dear give you his jersey cause he fears kolasinac to much

  25. RC78 says:

    Would love to but am not in Paris my friend
    Am in the eu capital

  26. Sue says:

    I always thought away tickets were for gold, platinum, travel club (?) members with points?
    Every time I’ve looked on my account and pressed on tickets for an away game, it always says I don’t have the correct privileges to buy tickets, Fred.

  27. Sue says:

    😆 He fears Kolasinac!! Nice one, Fred 😜

  28. fred1266 says:

    Is that Brussels Rc78?

  29. fred1266 says:

    Yea I got that same message for the West Ham game

    It was a Europa game I got tickets for fire last time so hopefully will happen again this time around

  30. Sohara says:

    My top wish for or next Manager would be Nagelsmann, We would be unlikely to get him to come though as he has only just gone to Leipzig & they have CL, but I would happily wait until the summer if we got him. He is one of the brightest young managers around in football , wish we had got him before

  31. RC78 says:

    Hi Fred – I hope you get to see our good players. I think if we are already qualified as first, you may see an altered team…

    Navas – Dagba, Diallo, Kimpembe, Kurzawa – Gueye, Paredes, Draxler – Sarabia – Cavani, Choupo

    If we need to secure top spot, you will see
    Navas – Meunier, TSilva, Kimpembe, Bernat – Gueye, Marquinhos, Verratti – Di Maria, Mbappe – Icardi

    Where did you get the ticket in the end?

  32. RC78 says:

    @Sohara – good call. The Germans have a lot of interesting coaches With Klopp, Tuchel, Rangelnik, Nagelsmann… at the moment

  33. RC78 says:

    @fred – yes it s Brussels… Brexit has yet to happen so you should really remember the answer to your question 😜

  34. JM says:

    If Emery does leave before season ends, I’m expecting the board to get Edu, our technical director, to fill in temporary with Ljungberg his main assistant. Any new long term coach would only arrive next summer.

  35. fred1266 says:

    Didn’t end up going unfortunately
    Damn really want to see mbappe play

    Will you be going the standard leige game Rc78, from France I will be going to Belgium Hopkins to get tickets for that game

    Maybe we can still have a cup of tea since I would be in Belgium for a few days

  36. RC78 says:

    Hi Fred – my business travel schedule is a bit in the air at the moment. When is the liege game again? If am in Brussels, then we ll have to meet up for coffee and waffle or beer and fries or beer and cheese 🍟🍻🧀🍵

  37. fred1266 says:

    Game is 12th

    So once u available 12th to 14th let me know

  38. fred1266 says:

    Talking about meeting up chas ant sue peaches etc am assuming we meeting for the city game right

  39. RC78 says:

    Hi Fred – if I am in Brussels, we will meet up for sure 🙂

  40. Sue says:

    I’m hoping to get tickets for the City game, Fred. They come out a week Friday 🤞

  41. fred1266 says:

    I watching the tickets for the Brighton game those seats currently available are horrible

    Just hope because I waited so long I get shaft

  42. Sue says:

    Theres nowt wrong with the family enclosure, Fred 😂
    There were loads of tickets for that game, a little while back. They’re really cheap too! Why the 8.15 kick off though?! Something to do with Amazon??

  43. LB says:


    If you find out there is an Amazon connection can you let me know.

    This interests me as I have no idea as to how Amazon could be involved and would like to.

    Thanks, in advance.

  44. fred1266 says:

    Is family enclosure lower tier, I will never site lower tier for a midweek game last time every left at half time and it was bloody cold

  45. RC78 says:

    Wenger, head of global football development at FIFA
    Shame, would have been nice to see him on a bench again

  46. Sue says:

    LB.. It’s one of the fixtures being shown live on Amazon Prime. They have 20 games.
    Not saying the price has owt to do with that, but the tickets are really cheap (for a PL game!) There were sooooo many available on the ticket exchange… for a Thursday night at 8.15!!

  47. Sue says:

    Yes, lower tier, Fred. Put your thermals on 😂😂

  48. fatgingergooner says:

    Not sure why Rodgers would come to us. We’ve gone backwards in terms of how attractive we are as a club and he’s starting something good and has a young, hungry squad at Leicester. Our fans are passionate, but I can’t help but wonder if the Mustafi, Xhaka, Özil situations are another black mark against the club when it comes to potential player and manager recruitment. Having said that, a lot of names on that list would be jumping up a level coming to Arsenal, especially the young coaches in Germany.

  49. LB …… here’s some info on the Amazon prime showing of games …… it looks like they bought a package from the Premier league

  50. There’s a New Post ………….

  51. fred1266 says:

    What exactly is global FIFA development

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