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Jamie O’Hara makes Arsenal observation that hits the nail on the head

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Jamie O’Hara makes Arsenal observation that hits the nail on the head

Jamie O’Hara has told Sky Sports’ The Debate that Arsenal’s defence is a “shambles” and that the Gunners squad is simply not good enough to meet the expectations of supporters and the Arsenal board.

Fans want the club to be qualifying for Europe at the very least, and challenging for the top four places. However, Arsenal have now failed to win in the Premier League since October 6 and have since sacked Unai Emery.

Arsenal conceded another two goals on Sunday afternoon as they drew 2-2 with newly-promoted Norwich City, and were lucky to come away with a point. VAR saved Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, allowing the Gunners skipper to retake his saved penalty.

Former Tottenham Hotspur star and now Billericay Town manager O’Hara has labelled Arsenal’s defence as a “shambles” but claimed that any manager would struggle at The Emirates purely because the Arsenal players are not up to it.

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“The biggest thing I’ve found, since going from a player to a manager, is that if the players aren’t good enough, you ain’t going to win,” O’Hara said. “You can have all the tactics in the world, you can try and get better out of your players, you can do this and that, players win you games.
“The problem Arsenal have got is that their back four are a shambles. They don’t know what their best back four is. The players that come in, just ain’t good enough.”

TBR’s view – O’Hara has hit the nail on the head, expectations too high

O’Hara is spot on, Arsenal’s players are nowhere near good enough to keep up with the expectations of finishing in the top four. This season, with the players that Arsenal have got, they will do well to finish in the top six.

With the Arsenal defence, they simply cannot expect to take the top six as a given. Emery is unfortunate, in that any manager could try new tactics, man management etc – but when your players are not good enough, you will struggle.

The players are to blame, not Emery. The fact Arsenal were outplayed by Norwich without Emery proves that.

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