It has been hard for Arsenal under Unai Emery and even though the manager was brought in to make the club better, he seems to have taken the club from bad to worse in the space of two seasons. When Arsene Wenger left the club early 2018, most Arsenal fans had been relieved with the hope of getting a new manager that can make things better.
Currently, Arsenal does not play in Europe’s top competition – Champions League – and the club has shown how much it is working to come back into the league. A top-four Premier League finish is the club’s best bet but with their current form, that might be hard to achieve.
Arsenal is currently fifth in the Premier League table and the club doesn’t seem to have everything under control. With the 1-1 draw against Wolves over the weekend, the club has not won a Premier League game in three matches.
Now it is obvious that the major problem with Unai Emery in Arsenal is the language barrier. Bukayo Saka in an interview as seen on Express UK confirmed the coach and player relationship isn’t smooth enough as most players have an issue understanding the coach’s instructions.
“It helps so much,” Saka replied when asked how useful it is to have Ljungberg’s input.
“Sometimes when I don’t understand, when [Emery] is trying to communicate with me, I have a better communication with Freddie sometimes, he speaks better English.
“Freddie’s information, he’s been a player at this level before, and it’s vital for me because I play in the same position as me and he’s been a big part in my progress.
“He gives a lot of advice to me every day but one of the most, the best piece of advice he’s given me is to stay humble.
“He’s been with me since I was 15, seen me do amazing things but he always tells me to stay humble, keep working hard because he really thinks I can be a top player.”
Next option for players
The assistant coach, Ljungberg has played with English clubs and speaks English. It is very easy for the players to turn to him for instructions when they can’t understand what Emery says. This might not look like an issue for the coach right now but in the long run, we might be seeing Ljungberg take over as caretaker, should the club decide to sack the manager.
It is unlike clubs to finally retain a caretaker as a permanent coach, depending on his development in the club. Ljungberg seems like someone who understands the players and who they can easily relate with and seeing how they turn to him for instructions, Emery might have a problem on his hand.
With the way Arsenal is going and the aim they have at the start of the season, the possibility of sacking the manager is high. The next two matches Arsenal would play might be the decider on whether the coach will stay or go.