Why Unai Emery must continue sticking to his philosophy at Arsenal
Under the new era of Unai Emery, Arsenal have begun the season with two defeats and a win. The Gunners lost to Manchester City and Chelsea but then managed to notch up a promising victory against West Ham United. Given the fact that the Spaniard is trying to bring something new to the team, it goes without saying that it will take time and patience from the people to succeed.
When it comes to appointing new managers, there has always been a debate as to who should be more flexible. Should the manager adapt according to the players he inherits, or vice versa?
The clear answer is the latter because a manager/coach is hired to freshen things up at a club that’s struggling to win games.
At a high level, football works in a way that the gaffer must be at the top of every player. In fact, he should impose his philosophy and work towards adapting to the style of the league. In due course of time, it will help him figure out as to who suits his requirements and who does not.
Emery’s system will take time for implementation
Perusing the system deployed by the new Arsenal manager, there is a stark difference when compared to how Arsene Wenger used to make his team play. Emery’s system involves high-pressing with a high defensive line and passing out from the back in extreme cases. Incidentally, these aspects were not witnessed at Arsenal before this season.
Wenger’s prolonged presence at the club had shaped many players to suit his system. Hence, it would take time for almost everyone to either adjust to the new high-energy system or get shipped out of the club if Emery thinks they are not good enough.
The young Matteo Guendouzi, who was bought this summer, is excelling in the midfield simply because he is fresh to the ideas and possesses no past relationship with the club. On contradictory lines, Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil have struggled to press at the right moments since they were not used to doing so in the previous regime. As a result, they were replaced relatively early into the game against Chelsea.
The modern-day game is all about winning and business is a part of the deal. But there has to be a way and foundation on which the success should be built upon.
And that is precisely why Emery has moved to north London. To extract the best results, he must not adapt to the players he inherited. Instead, he should impose his own philosophy and expect them to follow sooner rather than later.
Emery must think about the bigger picture at Emirates stadium. Thus, Arsenal fans should continue to be patient and wait until next summer to slowly see the “Emery-team” in action.