Lee Dixon thinks the Arsenal players must demand “change” under Unai Emery if they are to turn around their season.
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Officially, Emery retains the full support of his board for now, but that stance could change if no improvement is made on the field over the coming weeks.
In an unusual start to the Premier League season, Arsenal find themselves in only sixth place despite being above fellow giants Manchester United and Tottenham.
And Dixon thinks the Gunners lack leaders that are willing to question Emery’s tactics.
“From [having] a shot at one end to conceding a penalty at the other end in the space of 20 seconds – that cannot happen, that has to stop,” Dixon told The Season So Far.
“Now that game was Watford – I could have done [Aston] Villa at home, I could have done Liverpool away when he played a narrow midfield and let the Liverpool full-backs run the game.
“I could have picked any number of games and done the same analysis and just overlaid it onto the pitch. It’s happening every week – that has to stop and the players have got to go ‘We don’t know what you’re doing gaffer, can we change it? Can we change something?’
“But there’s no leaders in that team, there’s no Patrick Vieira to go ‘boss can we change the system or something?’. Unai is banging the drum about how he wants to play and the players can’t do it.”