Former Premier League footballer Danny Murphy believes that Unai Emery may have lost the support of the Arsenal dressing room as his side crumbled once again at the weekend.
The Gunners were shut out for just the second time this season as Leicester City opened a nine-point gap between themselves and their opponents, who went a fifth game in all competitions without a win.
Speaking on TalkSPORT, Murphy suggested that tactical ineptitude may have led to his players losing faith in the Arsenal boss.
He said: “Ultimately, they’re tactically so inept.
“Watford away was another one where they kept playing out from the back and kept losing it. Now, I’m all for sticking with your philosophy but, change it, mix it up.
“And he has shown before that he doesn’t mind mixing it up. When he first came, [there were] lots of substitutions early on in games, lots of tactical changes.
“Maybe the players have lost faith a little bit. And that, unfortunately, subconsciously creates a really bad physical reaction in terms of not believing in what you’re doing when you go out on a pitch, and it drains you.”
These are certainly hard times for Arsenal, with the team falling further adrift of the Champions League places which eluded them last year in an unsuccessful first season for Emery at the Emirates Stadium.
Things are hardly getting any better on the pitch, with just two league wins since August and the club already realistically battling on a maximum of two fronts.
One thing Murphy potentially got wrong about Emery was his desire to find a solution through different ideas – with the Spaniard opting for nine different formations in the last 10 games, according to Transfermarkt.
Diverting from his favoured 4-2-3-1 setup after the defeat to Sheffield United, it seems Emery has looked for a system to instantly spark Arsenal into life, but with one victory since their trip to Bramall Lane, the Gunners manager continues to miss – and unlike Murphy’s suggestion, it seems that if anything, the manager is changing tactics too often – as his team continue to suffer.
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