Paul Merson has backed former Arsenal manager Unai Emery’s claims that some players didn’t have the right attitude during his reign, as per Sky Sports.
Emery said, as per GFFN, that some stars didn’t put enough in and Merson has said he believes him and said the club’s issues long pre-dated Emery.
He said: “I believe what Unai Emery was saying about the team, because they shouldn’t be where they are with the quality of players they have, and the results they’ve had. I found it hard watching Arsenal under Emery. I thought it was soft, like watching Arsene Wenger’s teams.
“Arsenal have been the worst team in the Premier League without the ball over the last 10 years. Hard work is all it is. Ask any football fan what they want, and all they want is players to get on that pitch and work their socks off.”
TBR’s View – Arteta has brought an identity for Arsenal players to buy into
Merson is right to say some Arsenal players could have put more in for Emery, especially by the end. But ultimately – rightly or wrongly – if the squad doesn’t see an identity they can buy into, a manager doesn’t get their total effort.
Arteta has still been plagued by too many draws but he has brought the makings of a philosophy to Arsenal, as well as bringing in new defenders – which has been sorely needed.
Merson is right to say that the issues which cost Emery his job were there before he was appointed, but ultimately the Spaniard didn’t do enough to change them.