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Arsenal manager Unai Emery is under increasing pressure at Arsenal following Monday’s 1-0 defeat at Sheffield United.
Arsenal are 5th in the league despite having started the season better than Chelsea, but the Blues have risen from the second half of the table to 4th position after 9 round of matches.
Frank Lampard and his young Chelsea squad weren’t given much of a chance to do well this season, but Lampard has gotten his team playing to his philosophy under just a short period, while the Gunners are quite struggling under Emery.
Arsenal legend Alan Smith believes that Chelsea’s quick progress under Lampard will put Emery under even more pressure.
“You look at the table and Arsenal are still in a good position, and with the way Spurs and Manchester United are, it’s a great chance to finish in the top four,” said Smith.
“If they don’t this season, then there are a lot of questions to answer and you’d imagine he wouldn’t be around next season.
“They are going to have to sort themselves out and get some results because the opening is there. Chelsea under Frank Lampard have sorted themselves out, he’s getting his ideas across.
“I know it’s a different situation but you’ve got a new manager there who has adopted a style of play he likes, but you just can’t see that with Emery.
“When they haven’t got the ball, they look at sixes and sevens at times. Hopefully, they can become a little more resilient and stop giving the opposition encouragement. It’s that ability to shut the opposition out – they’ve got to try to introduce that to their game.
“You always need better players – and central midfield might be one area they look at in January – but it’s that organisation and getting things across on the training ground and becoming a tough nut to crack, which Arsenal haven’t been for a long time, that Emery needs to focus on.”