Arsenal players given undeserved shielding from scathing criticism – opinion |


    Unai Emery blames himself for Arsenal’s embarrassing defeat to Wolves on Wednesday evening, per the Daily Mirror.

    What’s the word?

    Arsenal were beaten 3-1 by Nuno Espirito Santo’s spirited side as their top-four hopes sustained a severe blow.

    The Gunners now sit fifth with three games of the season remaining, one point behind Chelsea and four behind third-placed Tottenham Hotspur.

    The loss to Wolves was their ninth of the season and their seventh away from home.

    And Emery has insisted that the responsibility for this defeat lies solely at his door.

    He said: “I don’t want to speak about individuals. We need to continue together and not look at one player, defensive or attacking.

    “We need to think to recover our confidence, our good moment. When we were in the worse moments we can recover to take possibilities like we have now.

    “I usually am very critical of myself. I am angry with myself when we didn’t do the game plan I wanted.

    “My idea, my style is to look in front and find the solution, not who is the player who is playing worse or not doing what we spoke of before.

    “First I think of the solution. That is to think about Sunday and take the possibility to come back with our best performance to take the three points.

    “When we win, we win together and when we lose, we lose together. In general I think we have possibilities to be in the top four.

    “We lost the chance to have it in our hands but we will continue and take the opportunity on Sunday.”

    Players to blame

    Emery is shielding his players here.

    The Gunners have endured a terrible dip in form and have lost three of their last five games.

    With the top four slipping out of their grasp, Arsenal’s players have to bear the brunt of responsibility.

    The likes of Shkodran Mustafi, Alex Iwobi and Mesut Ozil have all been performing below themselves in recent weeks.

    The main thing that needs to happen this summer is a major rebuild; Emery needs to ship out the deadwood and bring in the best possible players he can find.

    And, after that, he needs to stop shielding his players from the criticism they so desperately deserve.


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