Tough start makes Arsenal's Unai Emery evolution a slow burner

Annette Crawford
August 19, 2018

The Arsenal manager is confident about Leno's ability as well but he is keen to see Cech retain his place in the team against Chelsea.

Cech struggled with Emery's tactics, which involve playing out from the back, in the 2-0 loss to the defending champions.

Cech questioned the "professionalism" on display and later received an apology from Leverkusen - but it appears he has retained the backing of Emery ahead of Saturday's trip to Stamford Bridge. "Whether that means he's got the players already or he's going to have to bring them in throughout three or maybe four transfer windows, I believe he should get that and we should judge him then".

Many Arsenal fans are still more optimistic this season, however, with Emery renowned for his tactical nouse, unlike the recently departed Arsene Wenger, who seemed to give his players free reign to do as they wished. "I want consistency", said Emery on Thursday.

Merson also said Gunners fans shouldn't be surprised to see the club get off to a poor start again under new manager Unai Emery.

"I'm very happy with his performance".

"We are training for each situation".

He attempted more passes against Man City than in any game he played in last season but conceded possession to Pep Guardiola's team 11 times.

It won't be easy, and the change in the mentality may not be quick, but I am coming to believe in Emery's attitude more and more every day.

"Saturday is a very good option to show our personality, our capacity against a big team like Chelsea, and away from home", he added. We can improve and we need to improve in the hard games.

As their defence went missing it was hard not to think "same old Arsenal", a club still clearly suffering from their Wenger hangover.

"First, it's whether you win or lose". The process is in the way by one time you don't have how many can arrive. No way. I don't want to forget what we have done last season.

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