Unai Emery Fighting to Convince Confused Arsenal Squad That He Is Right for the Job

The Arsenal squad have been left confused by manager Unai Emery's decision making this season, and the boss is facing a real battle to convince them he is the man to take them forward.

The Gunners have slipped four points behind the top four following the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace, and a run of just one win from their last four games has left fans concerned about the team's chances of qualifying for the Champions League.

Unai Emery

According to ​The Telegraph, Emery has started to lose some of the support he once had in the dressing room, with players perplexed by his decision to freeze out ​Mesut Özil and persist with big-money signing Nicolas Pépé.

He risks upsetting his squad even further if he fails to deal with the issues with club captain Granit Xhaka. The midfielder reacted to boos from home fans during the draw with ​Palace, gesturing towards the crowd in an attempt to provoke them.

Emery is set to ask players who they want to wear the armband, and some of the squad are not impressed by that decision, instead believing that the manager should have the guts to make the decision himself.

Not only is Emery battling the squad, but he is also fighting with the club to prove that he deserves to keep his job for the foreseeable future.

Arsenal are also concerned by the prospect of missing out on ​Champions League football yet again, as they fear it will lead to the departures of both ​Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and ​Alexandre Lacazette.

Alexandre Lacazette,Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

The pair have been electric in English football and have long been linked with expensive moves elsewhere, and Arsenal fear that another year away from the biggest European stage may be enough to convince them to leave.

There are real doubts about Emery's management, both on a personal and a professional level, and it appears as though there is a behind-the-scenes divide about whether he is capable of taking Arsenal to the next level.

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Source : 90min