The second year of a manager’s tenure is arguably more important than his first one. The first year usually goes by in adapting – players adapting to the new manager, the manager adapting to the new squad. By the time the second year comes around – and it comes around much sooner than expected – expectations increase and with that, considerations decrease. With ever-shortening managerial spans becoming the trend in the new game, it’s more than likely that if a manager is unable to get results or sell his project, he will be shown the door. Along with that, the second year of a new manager is more interesting than the first. Having had enough time to acclimatise himself, it’s then that his philosophy (or lack thereof) shines through. It’s a much better reflection of what kind of a manager a club hired and ultimately, whether he’s going to continue.
In today’s tactical analysis, we’ll take a look at Unai Emery ahead of his second season with Arsenal. Put on your seat belts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.
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