Unai Emery can seemingly do no right, as many Arsenal fans took issues with his assessment of Southampton ahead of Saturday’s game.
The Gunners play host to Ralph Hasenhuttl’s struggling Saints, with both sides pretty desperate for three points.
Arsenal have gone five games without a win, and the pressure is cranking up on Emery with the top four teams already beginning to break away.
Speaking ahead of the clash, he said of second-bottom Southampton (football.london): “Every team is very difficult in the Premier League and I think they need points because they are not in the best moment but they are playing better away than at home.
“They are very competitive away. They lost 2-1 to Manchester City in the last minute, they won at Sheffield United and also lost in the last moment against Tottenham.”
“I think they will be very motivated to achieve the three points against us but I think we also need to impose and show our gameplan and intensity against them in 90 minutes on Saturday”
Arsenal fans react
A number of Arsenal fans have taken issue with Emery branding Southampton ‘competitive’ away.
The Saints have won four out of their nine away games in all competitions, which is not bad.
But some are fearing that Emery’s comments will mean he sets his team up the wrong way.
Saints very competitive…..he’ll take a draw now won’t he pic.twitter.com/xNwniw56ny
— Jackthegooner (@Jack10Gooner) 21 November 2019
Saints very competitive away 😂
He’ll bite everyone’s hand off for a 0-0 right now, can someone please let Dracula know he’s managing The Arsenal, not Leyton Orient
— James Stacey (@___James14) 21 November 2019
There he goes again….
Southampton is suddenly a very competitive team and we should be mindful of their quality.
Small time manager.
— Aikovic (@Kevin_aik) 21 November 2019
incoming 0-1 loss against another struggling team.
— Yyaa_Novi (@YyaaNovi) 21 November 2019
Saints competitive away.. Jesus christ look at the stats.. Getting his excuses in already for setting the team up negatively
— Marc Tyler (@MarcGibbons4) 21 November 2019
— Gunner (@Flashfamily791) 21 November 2019
He acc said Southampton are very competitive away…..I’m done 🤦🏽♂️
— MK (@MKBXING) 21 November 2019
Emery’s mindset is still the same – Decide tomorrow to play defensive cuz Saints ‘very competitive’ away
— anichejohn ⚽️ (@anz_john) 21 November 2019
Daun very competitive so expect a conservative approach again from Emery 🤮
— Matthew (@RevEamer) 21 November 2019
‘Very competitive away’ hes linings us up for a draw or loss 😭🤣
— Samie Simmer (@SamieSimmer) 21 November 2019
100 % losing
— uTa Baby 🇿🇦 (@ZimvoRadana) 21 November 2019