Arsenal players have lost faith in Unai Emery and believe it’s time for the club to take decisive action, reports claim.
Another miserable performance in a 2-2 draw against Southampton this weekend has further underlined the belief among many that the Spaniard will not last the season at the Emirates.
Results have been poor, with Arsenal now sitting eight points off fourth-placed Chelsea in eighth after 13 games played.
There are fears that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette will not sign new deals unless Arsenal can provide Champions League football and the squad don’t believe Emery is the man to deliver them to the promised land of the upper echelons of European football.
‘The problem is the coach,’ a source told The Telegraph. ‘He still makes bad decisions and changes his tactics. There is no identity to the team and the players do not see any progress.
‘The recent performances and results have had a big impact on the belief of the squad. Does anybody still think they can qualify for the Champions League under the coach? I don’t think so.’
Bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur’s appointment of Jose Mourinho – who beat West Ham away in his first game in charge on Saturday – has only made matters worse for those inside the club.
‘Mourinho taking over at Tottenham has only made it worse,’ a source told The Telegraph. ‘He may not be to everyone’s liking, but he is a winner and Spurs have made it clear they want to win.
‘Unai Emery is not seen as a coach on the same level as [Pep] Guardiola, [Jurgen] Klopp or even Mourinho. Frank Lampard has already built an identity at Chelsea and Brendan Rodgers is doing very well at Leicester. All of this puts more pressure on him.’
Should Arsenal decide to part ways with Emery, it’s expected that Freddie Ljungberg would take charge of the first team until the end of the season so an extensive search can be undertaken to find the club’s new manager.
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