Unai Emery claims Arsenal’s struggle for form this season can be put down to THREE issues off the pitch.
The Gunners currently sit 5th in the Premier League, six points adrift of Leicester City who they play on Saturday afternoon (17:30 KO).
Before the game Emery was asked whether he was downbeat about Arsenal’s progress so far.
The Spaniard however feels incidents involving the Mesut Ozil-Sead Kolasinac robbery, Laurent Koscielny choosing to go on strike weeks before the season kicking off and Granit Xhaka’s clash with fans has had a big impact on his team.
‘I’m not really disappointed with our work,’ said Emery (via Metro Sport).
‘I am being realistic because some circumstances did not help us to achieve our best performance.
‘The circumstances with Ozil, Kolasinac, Koscielny and, remember also, that if he [Koscielny] was here as captain, that would give us no problem. ‘Then Xhaka’s circumstances.’
Emery also conceded that his Arsenal players had failed to follow his game plan.
‘We are not playing really with a good performance to impose our idea, impose our capacity on each match,’ said the Arsenal manager.
‘I said to them we rarely lost at home but we didn’t impose as I want and will want in the next matches in our process.
‘It’s a process we need to do with the players.’