Arsenal will travel to face Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday in the Carabao Cup with a massive cloud of disappointment hanging over the Gunners camp. Unai Emery’s side dropped five points in 7 days last week when they lost 1-0 to Sheffield United before blowing a 2 goal lead at home to draw 2-2 with Crystal Palace last Sunday.
Against Crystal Palace, there was an ugly scene that involved the captain Grant Xhaka. The Swiss midfielder appeared to yell obscene words at the fans when he was substituted during the draw with Crystal Palace and stormed straight down the tunnel instead of taking his place on the bench.
The skipper has since refused to apologize amid reports that he has rejected the manager’s request to issue an apology. It is the latest in a series of events at Arsenal that point to a lack of leadership from the manager.
The Spaniard is well known to be a man who cannot deal with big dressing room egos. At Paris Saint Germain which was his previous club before he joined Arsenal, Unai Emery fell out with key members of the squad including captain Thiago Silva and more infamously Neymar.
As a result, PSG lost the title in Emery’s first season to AS Monaco and things got so bad that he was fired in his second season despite winning the league title after buying off Kylian Mbappe from Monaco.
At Arsenal, Emery has fallen out with Arsenals best player Mesut Ozil and as a result, the team is struggling. Arsenal does not create lots of chances despite having a world-class attack and has won just five of their last 15 matches in the league including the end of last season where they also lost the Europa League final 4-1 to London rivals Chelsea.
The dull football is starting to bore the fans who were used to possession-based attacking football under Arsene Wenger and they are slowly turning against the manager.
Unai Emery is walking on thin ice and should he fail to inspire a good performance against Liverpool, the tides will be fully against him.
This could be Unai Emery’s last chance to convince the Arsenal universe that he has what it takes to move the club forward, will he take it?