Coach Unai Emery Under Mounting Pressure as Arsenal Draw With Southampton at Home


It was yet another catastrophic weekend for the Arsenal fans worldwide, including many adoring but increasingly frustrated Kenyans! The Gunners could not do better than a draw in their home match against Southampton.


In Arsenal’s last seven games, manager Unai Emery has deployed seven  different formations, managing only one win, five draws, and one  loss, and scoring 14 goals scored and conceding 15 goals.  

Yesterday, Alexandre Lacazette netted in the dying minutes of the match at the Emirates Stadium, pulling the Gunners from the jaws of what would have been a humiliating home defeat.  Lacazette’s brace inspired the team to a 2-2 draw.

Southampton had taken the lead at the Emirates Stadium in the eighth minute through Danny Ings, who benefited from an assist by left fullback Ryan Bertrand.


Lacazette, who had aequalised earlier (18), grabbed the last-gasp leveller (90+6), but it was met by underwhelming Arsenal celebrations, with their team second best for large periods, and the pressure intensifies on boss Emery.


According to Sky Sports News, Emery said that he fully understands the supporters’ dissatisfaction following his side’s 2-2 draw at home.


“Good evening. We are frustrated and we understand the supporters as well. We lost an opportunity to connect with our supporters because they helped us. We want, and we know, that here is the key. Here is the key to feel comfortable, to feel strong and take confidence. We didn’t do that. The first half, we were drawing but it wasn’t enough with how we were playing,” he said.  


Emery admitted that he “can do better” after the  2-2 draw.


In the other results, Wolverhampton Wanderers continued their impressive run with a 2-1 away win at Bournemouth, while Leicester solidified their second place on the log with an impressive 2-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion at the Ammex Stadium.


Tottenham’s early victory in Jose Mourinho’s first game in charge, coupled with Wolves’ victory, mean that Arsenal have now dropped to the eighth position.


Manchester City came from behind to leapfrog Chelsea into third position on the table with a 2-1 victory at the Etihad.

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Zablon Ondari

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