It’s quite painful to become an Arsenal supporter these days. At the time of writing, Arsenal are out of the Carabao Cup and lost their first Premier League game against Southampton, having their unbeaten run ended.
Now, impatient fans may ask Unai Emery, our newest manager, to get sacked after just four months of appointment. However, while we may not lift any trophy in his first year, I truly believe that Arsenal shouldn’t fire the Spaniard.
Reason 1 – Rome wasn’t built one day.
If you follow Liverpool, you should know that Jürgen Klopp spent a few years to modify his team. He made a lot of sacrifices and at last, he achieved his aim and are looking forward to clinching the title this season.
Now, I’m not saying that Emery is at the same level as his rival coach. However, I’m thankful that he brought quality signings (like Torreira, Leno and Sokratis) to bolster the squad.
Even though it’s not something to be finished in a transfer window or two, all he needs is time and money. And we, as supporters, should have his back instead of turning on him at this crucial moment.
Reason 2 – He promotes positivity in the team.
I started to dislike comebacks in sports because it showed that they didn’t pay enough attention when they play and started to make mistakes so you’ll need extra effort to win. It’s not a good sign and should be avoided at all costs.
Frankly speaking, Arsenal were quite lucky in their previous unbeaten run, where they should have lost a few games already. Alas, the philosophy of “winning ugly” is in Emery’s DNA. And it’s unlikely to be changed.
The good thing about Emery is that even though they can’t win the game, he’ll ask the players to fight until the end.
Mkhitaryan kept the hopes of Arsenal keeping a draw against the Saints by scoring a brace before Austin crushed it. It wasn’t pretty at all but at least better than giving up and concede a few more. Good improvement nonetheless.
Reason 3 – Some matters are out of his control.
Sadly, real life is no Dream League Soccer or other football games where you can heal injured players in just one click. As Arsenal are currently hit by injuries, Emery must be having a headache in the selection.
They’re yet to be potential title contenders but thankfully, are on the right track of being one of them. Now, they must treat the “wish lists” in the transfer market seriously and wish that there are no new injuries in the future.
Reason 4 – He’s currently the best option Arsenal have.
I’m a realist and here’s my question, “who are you going to replace Emery with if he’s sacked right now?” Laurent Blanc? José Mourinho? Or would you consider re-hiring Arsène Wenger?
I have to admit that football is an unpredictable sport but you’re not firing someone who led the team to a 22-game unbeaten run when you just lost 2 games in a row (and 4 in total). This is plain stupid.
Arsenal are already doing better than Manchester United who still fails to replace Sir Alex Ferguson to date. At least Kroenke didn’t consider David Moyes when he was scanning through the CVs (I wonder what will happen if it’s true).
At the same time, only time will tell if Emery is the right one. Right now, he should stay unless things go really bad.
Reason 5 – Arsenal needs him for the Europa League. Seriously.
Having won the competition three times with Sevilla, we would expect Emery to help the Gunners to lift the trophy in Baku. Yet, as they’re in the knockout stages of the competition, there are too many uncertain factors in it.
For Arsenal, reaching the “Top 4” in the Premier League is no longer something reachable. With the Europa League being Emery’s favourite competition and a target more feasible to aim, it’s a “now or never” opportunity for them.
Frankly speaking, Emery is one of the reasons why Arsenal are seen as favourites of winning the Europa League this season. Yes, there’s no guarantee that the club will win it, but it’ll certainly be harder without the Spaniard.
So why would the club want to release him at the expense of the qualification of the Champions League, which matters them the most? The management isn’t formed by a bunch of stupid people but smart money makers.
Yes, I understand that it’s demoralising to lose consecutive games, especially against Tottenham. But don’t lose hope, Gooners. The season isn’t over yet and everything can happen with a lot of fortune involved.
Here’s a fun fact for all of us: Wenger didn’t win the title in his first year and the rest is history. Hope Emery will prove his doubters wrong soon! At this stage, just be patient and bear in mind that “nothing worth having comes easy”.