Arsenal Legend Calls On Fans To Back Unai Emery

By The Editor
on 4th February 2019

Ray Parlour says talk of a fan revolt against Unai Emery doesn’t make sense…


Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has called on fans to back Unai Emery after the Spaniard came under-fire following another defeat away from home to a top-six rival, talkSPORT reports.

After a bright start earlier this season which included a 22-match unbeaten run, our league form has been patchy since November and we now face the real possibility of yet another season outside the Champions League.

The defeat to Manchester City saw us drop to sixth place and three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea just days after our win against Cardiff saw us re-enter the top four.

Getting back into the Champions League seems to be Emery’s main task and its importance has been repeatedly stressed by the new regime – led by Raul Sanllehi and Vinai Venkatesham.

With the top four slipping out of our hands, fans have started to question Emery’s credentials and whether or not the former Sevilla coach is doing any better than Arsene Wenger.

For Parlour, that topic cannot be discussed until the manager is backed in the transfer window.

“I’m amazed by that,” the former Arsenal man said regarding calls from fans for Emery to be sacked.

“Arsenal are where they are meant to be at the moment. They’re not at the same level as Liverpool, Man City or even Spurs.

“You’ve got to give this guy a chance, he needs to be backed by the club.

“You can’t sack the manager already and Arsenal are not that sort of club anyway.

“Realistically I think you’ve got to give him a few transfer windows. I know he only brought in one player in January, but I think it’s going to take two or three windows to get the players he wants into the side.”

Patience is key, but the notion of a collective idea that we’re working towards is absent and it’s likely the cause behind the brewing unrest among the fans.

Emery came to the club saying all the right things, but it seems he’s completely shifted from those principles.

Aaron Ramsey is no longer a key player for him, indeed his contract offer was revoked and is now heading to Juventus. We rarely play a 4-2-3-1 system, a formation that Emery said was required if we’re to control possession.

Playing out from the back is also no longer ‘a thing’ with our goalkeepers looking to clear the ball at the first opportunity.

Emery needs to show us his vision of how his Arsenal will play and then we can move onto the idea that he needs better players.