Date: 29th November 2019 at 12:13am
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Arsenal hero Martin Keown has slammed his old side for a “shambolic” second-half performance against Eintracht Frankfurt.

Can Emery turn this nightmare around?

The German outfit came from a goal down to win 2-1 and incur more pressure on head coach Unai Emery.

Speaking after the match, Keown weighed into Emery and the team.

‘I think he may have taken the team as far as he can,’ Keown said, speaking to BT Sport (via Mail).

‘We just witnessed an absolute shambles of a performance in that second half. The decisions, the team selection, the team motivation, the substitutions, the performance… everything was missing here, that was a dreadful performance.

‘The fans turned many years ago on Terry Neil, 37 years ago, I was at the football club when it happened and things got very toxic. I think we’re getting close to that again. Is he able to motivate the team? He seems to have lost the players. The desire seems to have ebbed away.

‘The substitutions that he made, the players that are sitting on the bench, you’ve got [Nicolas] Pepe there and [Alexandre] Lacazette to come on…you’re trying to get back into the game.

‘It’s not enough, and I think the manager might be in a position where he might even feel he has to step to one side now.’

The Gunners will seal qualification for the knockout stages if they avoid a heavy defeat at Standard Liege in their final group game, but questions are being raised as to whether Emery can still motivate his players.