From a team that is rich in tradition and regularly in the Champions League. Now Europe‘s most prestigious playground has no room for Arsenal. The last time people saw the red and white striped team played was more than 3 years ago, in a shameful 1-5 defeat against Bayern Munich at home.
There was so much turmoil going on at Emirates during a season where the hot seat changed hands three times. Less than 12 hours after the weak defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League group stage, Unai Emery was fired.
The Spaniard was expected by the Gooners to do better. Especially after the positive signals that this 48-year-old man brought in his first year working in England.
On the side of the team, they also accepted to destroy the safe. That’s when spending more than 100 million pounds to bring in blockbusters like Nicolas Pepe, Kieran Tierney or Dani Ceballos. But in the end the investment is not commensurate with the performance on the pitch.
Besides the decline in performance, Emery also made the atmosphere in Emirates stuffy. Starting from handing over the captain’s armband to Granit Xhaka, who makes mistakes at crucial moments.
After that, Xhaka himself created the scandal of swearing at home fans, when he was substituted in the Crystal Palace 2-2 draw at the end of October. On the day of Emery’s departure, he left Arsenal a jumble of no answers. The truth is Arsenal are changing in a positive direction under Mikel Arteta.
Mikel Arteta is very focused on training sessions. He is always standing directly to observe and give direct suggestions to the players. That is the difference from the time of Emery. Besides, Arteta also strongly eliminates players who lack determination and enthusiasm. Typical must include the case of Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi.