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Speaking on talkSPORT, Danny Murphy has suggested that Arsenal would be better off with Chris Wilder or Sean Dyche as their manager than sticking with Unai Emery.
Arsenal currently sit sixth in the league, enduring a run of five games in all competitions without a win.
This has seen plenty of pressure being put on the shoulders of Unai Emery, with many fans wanting him out of the club.
It turns out that discontent about the Spaniard’s tactics aren’t exclusively coming from the stands, as Murphy has also questioned the Arsenal manager and the way he has gone about things this campaign.
Speaking on talkSPORT, he said: “His hands are tied a bit in terms of recruitment, but ultimately tactically they’re so inept. They keep playing out from the back and keep losing it. I’m all for sticking with your philosophy, but change it in the game, mix it up.
“He has shown before that he doesn’t mind mixing it up, when he first came there were lots of substitutions early in games, lots of tactical changes.
“But now… maybe the players have lost faith a little bit and that unfortunately subconsciously creates a really bad physical reaction in terms of you’re not believing in what you’re doing when you go out on the pitch and it drains you.
“If you look at Sean Dyche and Chris Wilder at Sheffield United, they are two English managers who have come up the hard way.
“Would Arsenal be in a better position now if Wilder was in charge or Dyche? Would they have more points? I think [they would], 100%.”
It can be very difficult for managers of traditionally unfashionable clubs such as Burnley and Sheffield United to get their chance at a top team.
Once that does happen, it doesn’t always work out, with the most obvious example being when David Moyes took over from Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.
Arsenal are arguably a club in a crisis. Questions have been raised over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s captaincy due to his relationship with members of AFTV, as reported by The Athletic, while the situation surrounding Granit Xhaka and whether he will play for the club again remains a pertinent problem.
While this type of situation can make things far more difficult for someone taking a step up in their managerial career, it is arguably the best chance for them to show they are up to the job.
This season, Wilder has taken his Blades side to a win over Arsenal and a place above them in the league, while Dyche has overachieved with Burnley, leading them to Europe in the past and a top 10 position this campaign.
Giving them a chance may not be the safest or most popular choice, but there is definitely a case that can be made for the argument that they would be an improvement on Emery.