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Flashback: Unai Emery’s first match in charge of Arsenal

Flashback: Unai Emery’s first match in charge of Arsenal

You could say Unai Emery was thrown straight into the deep end when he arrived at Arsenal last summer.

The Spaniard took control of his first Premier League match in charge of the Gunners in front of his own fans on 12 August 2018; against a formidable Pep Guardiola and Manchester City. Things do not get much tougher than that.

As we all know, the champions managed to kick-off their first game defending their title with a 2-0 win, however, not many had expected the north London outfit to have come away with anything from the game in the first place.

As is the norm in the modern era, fans took to Twitter after the game to share their opinions of Emery following the game and it would seem many were on his side and prepared to give him the time he needed to get things changed.

Here are just some of their reactions towards the manager:

And, it is hardly surprising to read the comments that fans left regarding Emery. Let’s face it; starting life at a new club against the defending champions would be hard for any manager, regardless of who they are.

Arsenal were also a club in disarray and one that needed sorting out as quickly as possible to have any chance of competing in the top-flight.

As the campaign wore on, Emery managed to start to get things going his own way and saw his club go on a 22-match unbeaten run across all competitions towards the backend of 2018 and has since managed to guide the club to a Europa League final.

Admittedly, there is still a lot of work to do at the Emirates in terms of player recruitment, whilst their form away from home has been hugely concerning at points throughout the season.

However, as many eluded to, it was always going to take Emery more than two transfer windows to sort out their mess and get away from the Arsene Wenger era. It will be interesting to see what business Arsenal conduct in the summer.


If he is able to do that, then these fans would have been right with their reactions and could potentially enjoy his tenure in charge of the Gunners for many more years to come.

Arsenal fans, did you agree with the sentiment fellow supporters shared after the Man City defeat? Let us know below!

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