Unai Emery, half season report card

Discussion in 'Arsenal Talk' started by SA Gunner, Dec 27, 2018.


How satisfied are you with Unai Emery's performance on a scale from 1-10?

  1. 5 or less

  2. 6

  3. 7

  4. 8

  5. 9

  6. 10

  1. HBL

    HBL Well-Known Member

    Great post from AG.

    I think Emery also had more points than Pep did after 15 games, not sure on the 19 game comparison. It will take time, the fact that we are only 2 points behind Chelsea also shows we aren't doing badly at all. The last 2-3 weeks have been a setback but I think we'll turn it around, just need to let Emery/Sven sort out the squad first.
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  2. Jae

    Jae Well-Known Member

    We have 3 top quality players in our squad. Auba, Laca and Torreira. Nobody else gets into any of the other teams in the top 5. Think you are being a bit generous with the state of our squad.
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  3. MutableEarth

    MutableEarth Bloody awesome NSFW avatars Trusted

    Arguable. In terms of individual quality, I don't think we do too badly, it's just that the pieces don't fit together. I feel that's the bigger problem here.
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  4. squallman

    squallman Still Pining for Wenger

    We will see in the summer what Emery, Sven and Raul think of this squad.

    If there is a full scale clearout fair enough, but if what happened last summer happens this summer and we keep on a bunch of guys who should be sold on June 1st then I won't know what to say.

    Actually, I do, if our squad at the start of the season more or less resembles what we have now, i.e. Mustafi starting and Mkhi/Iwobi out on the wings, minus Özil and Ramsey. Then everyone at the club thinks the squad is good enough to go places and will have to live by that decision. Much like Wenger did when he didn't buy anyone the summer before Leicester won the league. I think that failure ultimately cost him his job as it happens.

    Too many times in the past, I think we've been far too slow to change up the squad choosing to do it piecemeal out of some outdated notion of squad harmony or an outright overrating of our players. We don't have a team of title winners. If Emery decided to show ten or more players the door come June, I'll have no complaints. We have no more time to waste trying to plug gaps one position per summer. You do that and more problems appear elsewhere in the team
  5. bingobob

    bingobob Fan of Technicians Who Show Great Character

    Well, it's an interesting take. We've finished 5th and 6th in the last two seasons. Got beat in the semi final of the Europa League last year also. I'd say it's pretty unreasonable given the lack of changes to assume we will qualify for the CL. One big advantage we have this year is that Aubameyang can play in the Europa League.

    Other than that we are in a competitive environment. The team has been neglected or certainly not improved enough over the last few years to say we should be qualifying right away. We still need a winger, a CB, lb and a centre midfielder. We've made progress. Holding has played very well. Xhaka looks like a player. Mustafi has improved. But those improvements aren't enough to just leap frog City, United, Chelsea, Sp**s and Liverpool.

    We need to work hard and be consistent. That's a huge turn around from last season were the only consistent we had was terrible away form. Hopefully we can make the CL but overall it shouldn't be that which the manager lives or dies by, this season.
  6. Jae

    Jae Well-Known Member

    Definitely arguable but that's just my two cents! I agree regarding the pieces not fitting together. Think that's a hangover from Wenger putting square pegs in round holes for years though.
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  7. Taxi Driver

    Taxi Driver Well-Known Member

    Clever timing, @SA Gunner, I have to admit.

    That said, Emery's 7,5 for me - AG mentioned this topic and here's what I've selected:
    I'm prepared to write off this season, provided we see some improvements. Lets prepare for 2019/20.

    So, naturally, I see our current table position as a good sign - particularly when compared to how our major rivals were doing in a similar situation (thanks @American_Gooner !). It's also worth noting we're only 6 points behind Fraudiola's City at this point - and we all know how much money and time he had.

    I will, however, concede that Unai hasn't been able to impose his style on the team just yet - you can see shades of it sometimes, but not quite realized just yet. Next season we should (hopefully) begin to see it. A few summer windows after - perhaps a genuine challenge.

    Finally, I can't help but notice that it's usually Arsène's stalwarts who are criticizing Emery the most - I can understand why, but if you thought that Wenger should have been given more time (which he had plenty), then it is only fair to let his successor prove himself before casting judgement. You don't need to look further than Manure to see how difficult the transition can be (and so far we're looking far better off).
  8. Gooner Zig

    Gooner Zig AM's Resident Accountant Trusted

    Because we have the worst executive management in the league.
  9. Gooner Zig

    Gooner Zig AM's Resident Accountant Trusted

    6/10 for me and it would have been 8/10 when we were level on points with Sp**s but the last two weeks have really been poor from Emery.

    What ever your thoughts are on Xhaka, his affect on how we progress the ball further up the field is immense. The partnership of Xhaka-Torreira which has been the bedrock of the unbeaten run was inexplicably ripped up by Emery with his decision to deploy Xhaka in just about every defensive position there is. It's no coincidence that since Sp**s, we've been absolute dogshit in midfield.

    Then there's been the bizarre substitutions we've seen recently, culminating in the truly weird scenario of taking Lacazette and Özil off when we needed to score goals against Brighton.

    The last two weeks Emery has managed us as if we were a mid-table team and that's extremely worrying to me. Some of the respect he's given to teams we should be grinding into the dirt has been bizarre.
  10. Rimaal

    Rimaal Questionable Taste

    5 for me.
  11. asukru

    asukru Well-Known Member

    I understand we need to be patient so at this point I would give him a 7/10.

    He started the season well and to be honest with what we have is doing well, however, recent weeks he has been a little lackluster but I do believe he needs time still. I try not to compare us to other teams and when they first got their managers. I just pray and hope he can make us into what Klopp has done with Liverpool this season.
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  12. Preacher

    Preacher Anti-Ornstein

    You are member of Özil's fanclub, you vote 5/10. That's the rule.
  13. Notorious Big

    Notorious Big Drunka In Friend Zone

    Anyone who gave under 6 wouldn't be pleased even if Sir Alex came to Arsenal.
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  14. Nemetoss

    Nemetoss Well-Known Member

    A six for me.

    6- falling just out of the top 4
    7-In the top 4
    8-title challenge and cup wins
    9-league champions and cups
  15. lamby22

    lamby22 Well-Known Member

    7/10 for me. Results have been better than I thought but we haven't half lost our way performance wise.

    A couple of things annoy me though. How often he's getting the starting line-up wrong and having to change it at half-time (though at least he is making changes and not leaving it until 70 mins)

    The constant starting of Iwobi and Mhki despite poor performances. I know Ramsey isn't going to be here much longer but whilst we are paying his wages we might as well play him.

    Then there's yesterday at Brighton where we needed a goal and he hooks Özil and Laca and leaves us with no creativity. We are better with Laca in the team. And we should be better with Mesut in the team too.

    It was never going to be easy for him and it'll take time to put his own stamp on things and I'm prepared to give him a couple more transfer windows before I get my pitchfork out
  16. Tir Na Nog

    Tir Na Nog In Big Trouble If He Speaks

    8, exceeding expectations in a transition year and we're still in the hunt for top 4. If he gets us to the CL next season by any means (top 4 OR via winning the EL) then it's a 10/10 season.
  17. Giroud12

    Giroud12 Well-Known Member

    A league + Fa cup in Emery´s first season would be a 9/10 for you? Christ, you must be hard to please :p
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  18. Toby Andrl

    Toby Andrl Part Time Stuttgart Fan Trusted

    This Arsenal squad is clearly better than Sp**s' and 'pool's when poch and Klopp took over. "Klopp only got them to 8th in his first season" doesn't hold up cause that team just wasn't any better than that. Guy came in during the season in October, I think, and got ****ing Ragnar Klavan in the winter. Still, even with muppets like Klavan and Leiva in there you could see the first glimpses of Klopp's trademark style. I have yet to see anything resembling refined football or a distinct style from Emery. That's the big difference. On the basis of what Klopp had done before and what he was doing at Liverpool from day one, it was clear that with additions he would make them a significantly better team. With Emery I have serious question marks over what he's actually doing or envisioning here and thus doubt that even with costly additions he'll be able to pull us back into the Top 4 again - not this season and not next season.
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  19. Ceballinhos

    Ceballinhos Cheating on Santi

    They've still finished 6th during Rodgers' last season.
    And Klopp only 8th. So they got even worse in the league.

    You have a short memory because Liverpool under Klopp during his first season was terrible to watch 80% of the time.
    They used to raise their level against bigger opposition and during their EL run and even got some results.
    It kinda reminds me our team. We had very good games against the Sp**s and Liverpool at home.

    And Emery totally outclassed him in the EL final, with a squad that has half his budget.
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  20. dj grutto

    dj grutto Member

    Results wise it has been pretty good, but the fact that he is pretty horrible at people's management and the lack of attacking structure worry me.
    Hopefully we'll get some attacking impulses this january.

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