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Tony Adams Thinks Arsenal's Problems Started Long Before Unai Emery

Tony Adams Thinks Arsenal's Problems Started Long Before Unai Emery

Another day, another disaster for Arsenal. This evening's game against Leicester always looked like it would be a tricky affair, but the performance was disappointing even by their current low standards.

Unai Emery's side looked devoid of any real ideas for the vast majority of the game, being completely outplayed by the home side. Perhaps the worst thing about it is that this came as absolutely no surprise.

The Spaniard's days at the club look increasingly numbered and there is a sense that he is only a couple of questionable results away from losing his job.

Is their current predicament all his fault? Probably not, but Tony Adams feels that he hasn't helped himself in some regards, even if the recruitment at the club has been poor for a long time.

I’ve got a real problem with them trying to play out from the back.

I’ve seen them now all season and what point does the manager go ‘actually, we can’t play out from the back here guys, it keeps getting turned over’?

It's very worrying. At times as a coach I would just push them out from the back and play in their half for a while...

If you haven't got the technical ability to play out, even if you haven't you can push up to the halfway line and then drop off again and get the ball. You can't keep turning it over.

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I think it's easy to blame the manager in these situations, although I don't think he's doing himself a lot of favours, with the handling of the captaincy for instance.

But today he got them organised, they did the best they could. The recruitment has been very poor for a long time now.

It's one thing getting back, getting defensive and getting your shape, but then you've got to press. Arsenal didn't do that today.

You've got to go and make contact with the players. They just sat back.

Arsenal's current fortunes could hardly contrast more to that of their opponents tonight. Leicester have been flying this season, with Brendan Rodgers turning them into genuine top four contenders.

There is now a genuine question as to whether a single players from the Arsenal squad would make the Leicester team. Jamie Redknapp thinks the subject is certainly open for debate.

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