Unai Emery didn’t get the winning start he wanted yesterday, however, not many tipped him to get it considering he had to entertain Manchester City in his opener. After the game, Sam Allardyce took to TalkSPORT to slate Emery for his tactics, claiming that it was stupid to try and play out from the back against the champions.
“It is the manager’s fault. Don’t ask somebody to do against Man City what you shouldn’t do. You shouldn’t play out like that against Manchester City.” [talkSport]
– Sam Allardyce on Unai Emery’s tactics vs. City pic.twitter.com/4cHxvlQL9r
— AFTV (@AFTVMedia) 13 August 2018
In theory what Allardyce said was correct. To try and play out from the back against Manchester City will always end in disaster and that’s what happened. The quality of players in the Gunners backline simply aren’t good enough to be knocking the ball around and trying to avoid the press of Pep Guardiola’s side. Although it’s the fact that Allardyce is the one making these comments that has given The Gunners a chuckle.
In his career, Allardyce is yet to win a trophy as a manager and his main achievement as a gaffer was getting the England job, however, he still managed to blow that after just a single game. So for the 63-year-old to single-out Unai Emery, a three-time Europa league winner, for his poor tactical display against Manchester City seems a little bit rich as far as the Arsenal fans are concerned.
You can read the Gunners’ thoughts on Allardyce here:
Unai Emery has won more in 5 years than Sam Allardyce has won in his career.
— . (@MkhiMcCarthy) August 13, 2018
sam is right… but he shouldn't be talking… he's legacy of failure is very noticeable.
— MJ is the best. (@jackreggie123) August 13, 2018
And Sam Allardyce is a better tactician than Unai Emery who won three UEL in a row àbí.
— Kayode Kef (@greatkay) August 13, 2018
I’ve seen everything now. Big Sam giving advice about tactics
— Prajwal Navada (@Pnavada17) 13 August 2018
Allardyce has nothing to say…
— Wolf of 9ja (@thegreenwolf_) August 13, 2018
Sam is suffering from concussion… don’t be harsh on him ..he still recovering from arsenal thrashing last season
— (@shahil_555) 13 August 2018
— Perry Wright (@perry_wright) August 13, 2018
As you can see, it’s clear that the Gunners have little time for Allardyce’s comments and will quickly forget about what the former Everton boss has had to say.