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4 of the biggest mistakes Unai Emery has made at Arsenal this season

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4 of the biggest mistakes Unai Emery has made at Arsenal this season

Arsenal manager Unai Emery is under a bit of pressure at the Emirates Stadium.

The Spaniard reportedly has the backing of his superiors, but calls are growing from fans to sack him for a variety of reasons.

It’s been a rocky start to 2019/20 for the Gunners, but what are some of Emery’s biggest mistakes so far?

Making Xhaka captain

Granit Xhaka faces the axe at Arsenal following his exploits against Crystal Palace.

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The midfielder lost the captaincy for his angry reaction to supporters, but arguably he should never have been handed it in the first place.

Emery needed a player to inspire – it was obvious to most that the Switzerland international simply makes too many errors on the pitch to warrant wearing the armband.

Emery’s ‘captains group’ is also particularly questionable, and suggests a lack of decisiveness from the manager.


Ozil farce

Emery’s perplexing treatment of Mesut Ozil has really wound supporters up.

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The playmaker earns £350,000-a-week and should be playing every single game.

His form has certainly dipped since he penned his new deal in January 2018, but stubborn Emery can ill-afford to leave him out especially given the team’s struggles in the final third.

Overreliance on Guendouzi

Matteo Guendouzi is going to be a great player in the future, but Emery appears to be asking rather a lot of the Frenchman.

There is plenty to like about the fearless 20-year-old, but at the moment he isn’t doing the business and hasn’t been very several weeks now, yet Emery will not take him out of the firing line.

Playing out from the back

Arsenal simply don’t have the players for this tactic, and it’s going to harm them if Emery continues to try and implement this way of playing.

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David Luiz is the supposed ball-playing centre-half, but that’s only when he has time and space. The 33-year-old can pick out a long pass with laser-like accuracy, but struggles under a good press as does Sokratis.

Bernd Leno is a great goalkeeper, but is some way behind the likes of Ederson, Alisson and Kepa in terms of playing out from the back.

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