This one is for free! Gunners legend Wright has Arsenal advice for Emery ahead of Chelsea
Gunners legend Ian Wright has told Unai Emery he needs to get his tactics right if Arsenal are to beat Chelsea next weekend.
The Gunners started the season exactly the same as they have in previous seasons, with a lot of optimism and excitement, but once again they were brought down to earth by a far superior Manchester City side.
Pep Guardiola once again showed just why his side are favourites to win the title as they out-played and out-worked the Gunners side, who are still getting used to the style of play Emery wants to employ.
Arsenal face a tough trip to Chelsea on Saturday wary of losing their opening two fixtures, and Wright believes his former side paid the price at the weekend for not being sure of their roles against the defending champions.
“At this level against this Man City team you need to 100 per cent execute the game plan,” he wrote on Twitter.
“For large parts of that game I didn’t know what that was and you get punished for that tactical uncertainty.
“There are some big positional and personnel decisions to be made ahead of the Chelsea game on Saturday.
“Patience required but Unai will be under no illusions after watching that game today.”
Here is what we think.
The Gunners could have been handed easier opening fixtures to the new Premier League season and pick up a couple of wins against the lower sides.
But Emery needs to find out where his side are at compared to City and Champions League rivals Chelsea, so getting them in the first two games of the season will give him a chance to see what he needs to work on over the course of the season to be at the same level.
He has brought in a few new players that need time to adapt to the Premier League and that just doesn’t happen overnight, so right now he needs Gunners fans to be patient as he has proven over the last few seasons that he is a winner.
You don’t leave PSG with the domestic treble and leave Sevilla as tripe Uefa League winners, the guy knows how to win and that is why the Gunners hierarchy decided to replace Arsene Wenger with Emery.
It is a tough start to the season for the Gunners, but the Premier League cannot be won or lost in the first few weeks of the season, it the long game Emery needs to play and getting his side working together on all aspects of the pitch will be his biggest priority, as that will then bring success.