Jamie Carragher has criticised Unai Emery and blamed the Arsenal boss for causing ‘confusion’ at the club.
The pressure is continuing to mount on the under-fire Arsenal manager following the club’s dismal draw with relegation-threatened Southampton last weekend, the club now winless in their past five Premier League fixtures and have slipped to eighth in the division.
Expectations were that the club would return to the Champions League this season by securing a top-four finish, with the club amongst the highest spenders in English football during the summer, including splashing out a club-record £72m on under-performing Lille winger Nicolas Pepe.
Arsenal’s performances have led to major unrest at the club with the home crowd beginning to turn on the manager, and Carragher insists Emery only has himself to blame following his failure to adapt.
‘Unai Emery hasn’t adapted, he’s created confusion. Confusion in the crowd and confusion for himself,” Carragher said on Sky Sports MNF.
‘The Southampton game summed up the 18 months of Emery, really. How many times have we seen them messing around at the back and almost conceding goals?
‘If I think of Emery and Arsenal, and how they play, they score goals and concede goals. They play out from the back and almost concede goals.
‘He’s used more players than anyone. He’s made more changes at half-time or before half-time than anyone. That’s something you’d expect a lower team to be doing.
Arsenal return to European action this week when they host Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League on Thursday night.
Unai Emery’s side are currently unbeaten in the competition so far and sit top of Group F, and the North London side will secure qualification for the knock-out stages should they avoid defeat at the Emirates.