Long essay, but thought I’d write this after reading the discussion in the Wenger thread.
I was on board with his appointment to start with, thinking he’d be able to bring stability in defence and tactical nous. But the more I see of him, the more I feel that we won’t go anywhere during his stint. I feel this season we’ve gone backwards rather than stabilizing or marginally improving.
Despite his reputation as a cup manager, we’ve been dumped out at home in the domestic cup competitions and can see the same results the moment we get a tough draw in the EL.
My biggest problem with him is even after 6 months in the job, he has been unable to find any semblance of a distinctive style. More concerning is that he hasn’t even found a system. This is think will be his biggest downfall come the end of his stint. When Wenger left, I had hoped that we’d find a balance between trying to play the Arsenal way and occasionally tweaking the approach in games where the opposition is superior and won’t let us dictate the style of play. This in a way is the downfall of managers like Wenger and Sarri who insist on wanting to play one way and want to outplay every opposition despite not have the men to do that. Emrey is the polar opposite of this where he looks to adapt his team to every opposition, even in situations where he clearly has the superior team and can impose a style of play.
And even when he sets up as per the opposition, it’s not that he often gets it right. The number of formation and personal tweaks mid game and often at half time is an indicator of this.
I hope I am wrong, but this stint isn’t going to be a successful one and even after a couple of seasons I can only see us on the fringes of top 4.
After Wenger left, we need someone to come in and make us more solid and aware, whereas Unai has come in and seems intent on making us into a Seville. He’s far too indecisive to be a successful top lever manager.