At the start of the season, I felt like Matt Lorrimer-Roberts, as he says in his excellent article, and I was prepared not to criticise Emery for this season to give him time to work out the make – up of his team. I admire Matt`s fair mindedness and I note that he is now sitting on the fence.
Unfortunately there comes a time when fair mindedness can be a mistake when the verdict is so apparent in front of you. An extension of fair mindedness will only extend the pathetic efforts of Emery to understand his players and to achieve a balanced team. A team which plays to a consistent standard, which is at least of top 4 quality. I published an article not long ago eulogising the pool of players which he has at his disposal and particularly the crop of youngsters we now have. I confidently said that they would finish third but Chelsea have been moulded into a very efficient team in which the players all know what they are doing and Lampard knows what his best team is.
Chelsea`s improvement would knock us back to fourth even if there was no other competitor. Unfortunately there is! Leicester are. if anything, even better than Chelsea, and Rogers who I wanted before Emery arrived, has his team working like a Rolex. They are playing attractive football which is nothing more than playing to simple tactics to maximise the strength of the smaller pool of players that he has in comparison to Arsenal. Their success is founded on the fact that they build most of their game around service to Vardy, who is now top scorer in the Premiership, but is he really a better player than Aubameyang? We also have Lacazette as a target man, so Emery has two outlets for our team to inflict damage. Unfortunately, whilst Vardy has a constant supply of the ball, both Auba and Laca must go searching for the ball and waste their goal scoring talents which was the very reason we signed them.
Why can Emery not devise a team from the players he has which would be the equal of either Chelsea or Leicester, never mind the Brightons, Wolves and Sheffield Uniteds of this world? No disrespect to any of those teams, but I am sure that their fans are delighted to realise that they are good enough to overturn the mighty Gunners. For them, that is an achievement on its own but to us it has become a sad reality. If Josh Kroenke has not realised by now that he is in the position of the Captain of the Titanic and Arsenal will crash and sink unless he takes evasive action. He has to realise that we are not unsinkable after all and he must stop the ship from striking the iceberg before it is too late.
A sophisticated, articulate Arsenal Man of Mystery. Aged 70 and a bit.