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Unai Emery shares too much in common with Arsene Wenger and is displaying the same flaws that led to the Frenchman’s downfall, according to Arsenal legend Tony Adams.
Back-to-back defeats against Manchester City and Chelsea has piled the pressure on Emery ahead of Saturday’s London derby against West Ham at the Emirates Stadium.
The Spaniard insists he is confident his methods will soon reap dividends but Adams fears the personnel he has at his disposal are not suited to the brand of football he is attempting implement. ‘After Arsene, I was so excited with the prospect of a real change,’ he told The Sun. ‘It was a great chance to do things differently but against City it was an Arsene Wenger performance — only more so.
‘I felt so sad about that. Everyone knows what Arsenal have been missing — it’s that steel, that resilience. ‘Whether Emery can coach it or not I don’t know yet, it is early days. ‘But then away to Chelsea they were all over the place again — you’re not watching them thinking ‘there’s a change here’.
‘It’s the same goalkeeper, the same style of play — it just feels the same, there’s no one rocking the boat. ‘Chief executive Ivan Gazidis has gone for a ‘head coach’ because they don’t want someone with the power Arsene had. ‘But they still want to appease the fans with a style of play like Arsene had. ‘They don’t want to lose the ideology of the ‘beautiful game’ . . . whatever that is. ‘I don’t think you are going to have success that way because there are clubs doing it far better, with better players and more money than us.’