Arsenal finally get rid of Unai Emery.. but will this lead to a change in fortune for Arsenal Football Club?
Arsenal’s second goalkeeper, Emiliano Martinez posted on twitter after the sacking of Emery, ‘Thank you Unai Emery and Javi [Garcia] I’m sorry we let you down, it’s our fault for not performing the right way, I’m sure we will meet again.’
It is hard to point the finger on a single player, but as Martinez said, it was the squad as a whole which has underperformed. In the end, it is easier for a club to put the blame on the manager and replace the manager instead of clearing the squad. Football under Emery was at times exhilarating due to the frontline Arsenal possess but at times comical with Sokratis and Daviz Luiz trying to pass it out from the back. Overall, Emery was at fault for not fixing the defense over the transfer market when he had the opportunity and instead buying another forward. Having been on their worst run in 27 years, it was only a matter of time before Emery was sacked.
With club legend Freddie Ljungberg put in charge temporarily, we should see an uplift in tempo and momentum from Arsenal, but the question is whether it is actually sustainable with such a leaky defense. A tough test at Norwich awaits this weekend.
- Wolves are back on track, but Sheffield United will be a tough test for the Wolves at home.
Wolves have put their early struggles aside and are now 5th in table going into this premier league weekend. Europa League commitments seemed to have been taking its toll on the small squad, but Wolves have come out their hectic fixtures with flying colors.
Sheffield United will look to continue their impressive form in the premier league after a draw at Manchester United. They have now beaten Arsenal and drawn against Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham. Not many were expecting Sheffield United to be 6th in the league after 13 matchweeks, but Chris Wilder’s men have defied the odds and deserve to be where they are.
Wolves will look to take all three points at Molineux, but don’t expect it to be an easy 3 points for them.
- Jose Mourinho’s and Tottenham’s revival goes on.
Tottenham look like a new team under Jose Mourinho. 2 wins in 2 games, 7 goals scored and a comeback win from 2-0 down midweek against Olympiacos are all good signs. One can see that playing out from the back is not the only way going forward as it was under Pochettino. Long balls are being used when under pressure and Dele Alli and Heung-Min Son are receiving and holding up play very well down the channels for Tottenham.
One thing Mourinho will be looking to fix is their leaky defense. They conceded two goals against West Ham in the dying minutes and conceded two early goals against Olympiacos. Mourinho, known for this defensive tactical nous, will be eager to tighten up the defense.
- Ole under Pressure?
Sheffield United away is not an easy game, especially given their form, but Manchester United should be expected to win against any newly promoted team. It is a sign of how low the expectations have fallen that fans were happy with a point at Bramall Lane. Manchester United had an opportunity to go 5th, but instead are now 9th in the league, sandwiched between Arsenal and Tottenham at 8th and 10th respectively.
With Mauricio Pochettino now available, the pressure is on Solskjaer to make the team perform and get the three points against Aston Villa over the weekend. Also, with Mourinho now at the helm at Tottenham, it will be essential for Soslkjaer to finish above Tottenham this season or replacing Mourinho for Solskjaer will look like another misstep among many taken by the board.
- The Top 4 (Liverpool, Leicester City, Manchester City and Chelsea)
It seems that the Top 4 have already pushed ahead from the rest of the table. There is a 7-point gap between 4th and 5th with 5th being Wolves followed by Sheffield United. This weekend should be another relatively comfortable 3 points for all four of the teams. All four face relatively simple fixtures and anything less than 3 points will be a disappointing result for them.
Manchester City need to keep up with the pace set by Liverpool and will be hoping they somehow drop points at home against Brighton. Leicester City will look to continue their impressive run of results against Everton while Chelsea have a tough test at home against their London rivals West Ham United.
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