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Alan Smith: Arsenal players have no idea what Emery wants them to do

Alan Smith: Arsenal players have no idea what Emery wants them to do., the north London outfit have made an encouraging start to the new Premier League season, picking up seven points from their first four matches.

Despite that, in his column for the Evening Standard, Smith voiced his concerns around some of Arsenal’s football, which he believes is showing few signs of improving, with it partly down to a lack of clarity between players and manager.

Maybe it is down to a lack of understanding,” he said.

“After all, I’ve heard whispers that some players find the instructions of their manager confusing, that they don’t know what they want them to do.

“If so, that does not bode well. Clarity of purpose is essential.”

The Sky Sports ‘ pundit and commentator continued to raise further issues with Emery, who has been at Arsenal since May 2018, and suggested that this side of Gunner’s would not impress him other than a formidable strike force.

“Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe will cause anyone problems with their pace, ability and finishing, but behind that attack so many questions need answers,” he added.

Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe will cause anyone problems with their pace, ability and finishing

“On the evidence so far, something needs to change. Because as well as Arsenal played going forward in the second half against Tottenham, that midfield offered scant protection to a back four in need of plenty.”

“Every time the visitors sprang forward, they looked dangerous, encouraged by loads of space in the middle ground.”

Arsenal faces Watford on Sunday, and after the Hornets sacked Javi Gracia and appointed their former manager, Quique Sanchez Flores, Smith is worried about the new manager.

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He believes the Spaniard has some good players at his disposal and will know how to take advantage of Arsenal’s weaknesses.

“I thought the studious Emery would have made improvements long before now,” he said. “On the evidence so far, something needs to change. Because as well as Arsenal played going forward in the second half against Tottenham, that midfield offered scant protection to a back four in need of plenty.”

Alan Smith: Arsenal players have no idea what Emery wants them to do
Alan Smith: Arsenal players have no idea what Emery wants them to do

“Every time the visitors sprang forward, they looked dangerous, encouraged by loads of space in the middle ground.”

“You would have believed we would have seen a more coordinated response to losing the ball for someone who spends untold hours personally cutting up opposition video to demonstrate his players.

“Quique Sanchez Flores will undoubtedly be trying to introduce that in his second stint at Watford quickly.

“For me, he inherits a better squad than the one he left. Arsenal must hope that he does not also prompt the new manager’s bounce.”

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