Arsenal players are confused by manager Unai Emery’s tactics and are increasingly doubtful he can lead the club back to the Champions League, according to The Telegraph’s Matt Law.
A source told Law that a majority of players have lost faith in Emery’s work, with Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Southampton only compounding the frustrations. The result left the Gunners with 18 points from 13 matches.
“The problem is the coach,” the source said. “He still makes bad decisions and changes his tactics. There is no identity to the team and the players do not see any progress.”
The players apparently believe Arsenal may need to take the same kind of decisive action that Tottenham did to save their season. Stuck in the bottom half of the table, Spurs sacked beloved manager Mauricio Pochettino and brought in Jose Mourinho on Tuesday. The club then improved to 10th place with a 3-2 victory over West Ham.
At Arsenal, first-team assistant Freddie Ljungberg is reportedly the favorite to replace Emery, but only until the end of this season. Afterward, the team would take the summer to appoint a permanent successor.
Other reported candidates for the Arsenal job are Brendan Rodgers, who’s guided Leicester City to second in the Premier League this season, Manchester City assistant and former player Mikel Arteta, and RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann.