Simon Jordan has slammed Unai Emery and has questioned whether he has what it takes to manage a top Premier League club.
Arsenal started the season well, beating Newcastle United and Burnley in their first two Premier League games 1-0 and 2-1 respectively.
And former Crystal Palace chairman Jordan has questioned Emery’s credentials after the loss. Talking on talkSPORT’s Press Box, he said:
“I’ve got this image in my mind of Unai Emery, thinking that there is something about him. But maybe there just isn’t?
“Because I have got Sevilla in my mind and the Europa League and what he has done there, but maybe there just isn’t.
“I think there’s a plan, but when I see transactions like Luiz I think ‘no, there is not a plan’.”
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It may have been a disappointing result for the Gunners at Anfield, but there is still plenty to be positive about. After all, they are not really competing with the Reds at the moment because, along with Manchester City, Jurgen Klopp’s side were miles ahead of the pack last season.
Against the Toon and the Clarets, Arsenal picked up wins in the sort of matches they wouldn’t have always done in the past. They were both tight affairs against awkward opposition, yet Emery’s men stayed strong to pick up maximum points, and the manager deserves credit for that.
It must also not be forgotten that the former PSG boss is attempting to integrate several players into his side. New signings Dani Ceballos and Nicolas Pepe are yet to fully adjust to the Premier League, whilst Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson are far from regulars at the Emirates Stadium. Luiz’s performance can be questioned, but he has the experience and the CV to indicate that he will be an important player for the Gunners.
Winning three Europa Leagues is no mean feat and should not be taken lightly. Once the new players adjust, the Gunners could be a very difficult proposition.