Arsenal: 3 good things Unai Emery has done so far – Pain In The Arsenal

Arsenal, Unai Emery

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 03: Unai Emery, Manager of Arsenal reacts during the UEFA Europa League group F match between Arsenal FC and Standard Liege at Emirates Stadium on October 03, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Unai Emery is rightly being criticised for his management of Arsenal football club. But he has done some positive things since being hired last summer. Here are three examples of his good work.

It has not been the most positive of starts to the 2019 season for Unai Emery and his Arsenal team. While they may sit third in the table with only one defeat all season, the football has been dire, the performances uninspiring and the doubts and questions over his management rising. And this week, the Spaniard is facing heavy criticism for the conservative, dull approach of his team.

But while the displays of the team are worrying and improvements must be made, Emery has done some good things in the 16 months he has spent at the helm. Here are just three examples of what he has managed.

Arsenal, Unai Emery

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 01: Unai Emery, Manager of Arsenal celebrates after Granit Xhaka of Arsenal (not pictured) scored their team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Fulham FC at Emirates Stadium on January 1, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

3. Inspired passion

There are some serious questions for Unai Emery the coach to answer. Can he install a clear, positive, well-defined identity? Does he have the tactical acumen to produce a controlling team against lesser sides? Will he veer away from his more conservative tendencies? But there are very few doubts regarding Emery the person.

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If there was one thing that was immediately noticeable during his first few months at the job, it was that Emery is utterly overrun by his passion for his team, the game and success. He galivants up and down the touchline, fist-pumps every blocked shot and gees up the crowd, turning from the pitch, towards the Emirates stands and raises both of his arms, demanding a response. And the Emirates has responded.

Under Arsene Wenger, Arsenal home games were often a quiet, subdued affair, the supporters often waiting for the team to inspire them. Rival fans would call it a library. They had a point. But with Emery’s gesticulating and gyrating on the touchline, the Emirates has come alive. There is a passion for the team that was previously under wraps. It has been unleashed, and it is a reason why Arsenal have been so prolific in front of their home supporters.

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