Not just Unai needs to leave

Ivan Gazidis, former Arsenal Chief Executive, Vinai Venkatesham, Arsenal Managing Director and Raul Sanllehi, Arsenal Head of Football.

When Arsene Wenger ended his tenure as Manager of Arsenal Football Club back in 2018 (seems like it was more than that) it was clear the club not only lost a legendary manager who was not only responsible for the performances on the pitch but had a massive influence on things of it, that the club were not only replacing one position but at least two as Arsene Wenger effectively ran the club from top to bottom. Ivan Gazidis eventually left for AC Milan, Raul Sanllehi had been brought alongside Sven Mislintat and Vinai Venkatesham promoted to Chief Executive to replace Gazadis.

The new power structure served to replace the power vacuum left in Wenger’s absence with Unai Emery brought on to steady the ship on the pitch. Things at start seemed rosy as the London Club took the more continental route of running a club, the coach coaches and the back office serves to support the coach’s vision in the interim but with greater emphasis on not just the short term but also the long term goals of the club. For the first time it seemed there was a vision of not just following what Arsene Wenger thought was right for the club but it felt there was a clear ambition to awaken the great potential of the club.

All that wishful thinking has been tested and now the hierarchy of the club seem to be undecided on Unai Emery, the manager in the last couple of months has seemingly lost the faith of the fans, media and allegedly the players, the season had started with much anticipation when in the summer, the London club stretched some of its financial muscle to acquire the talents of Pepe, Tierney, David Luiz among others. At the time the moves were celebrated with Josh Kroenke brimming with confidence at the clubs ambitions.

But here we are now with an Arsenal team that is now the wet dream of many teams that face them as the club continues to allow teams free access to their box and chances aplenty and a manager having long ran out of ideas, the hierarchy of Raul Sanllehi and Vinai Venkatesham not only have they been indecisive in sacking the under fire but went to the extra effort of publicly showing support to the manager further alienating them from the passionate fanbase.

When Arsenal lost to an extremely impressive Leicester City before the international break, that was the time to cut ties with Unai Emery and seek and bring forth a replacement that would stabilize the teams season and build again in the off-season with a possibility of having secured a top four berth but each passing day, the team is stuck limbo and seeing its rivals like Chelsea and Leicester further cementing their top four status or Mourinho’s now Tottenham seeking to make a run for champions league football. Arsenal continues to lose any goodwill from the fans.

The power brokers at the club need to be re-evaluated, what do they see in Unai Emery that gives them faith that he can turn around this current team when everyone following the club are constantly questioning the madness of most of his decisions, for each lack of a decision to sack and replace the manager should reflect poorly to the people who empower the manager, when the manager states a game that they were lucky to draw having conceded over twenty chances in the game, double the amount of Arsenal as “going according to plan”. What kind of master-plan is that. Heads need to roll.

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