Arsenal made the decision to part ways with Unai Emery less than two years after his appointment and just months after a season that saw them reach the Europa League final
Arsenal Legendary Robert Pires has told Stan Kroenke he should give Unai Emery more time as the Spaniard continues to make his mark with Villarreal.
Four-time Europa League champions have a Golden Submarine in Champions League quarter-finals, where they will face Bayern Munich in the first leg on Wednesday night. His feats in European competitions are well known, he won the Europa League three times with Sevilla, before doing the same with his current club last term.
Between those two jobs in Spain, Emery was in charge of Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal, both of which lasted less than two years. In his case with the Gunners, Emery only had a full season in charge, during which he reached the European final only to be beaten by Chelsea.
The 50-year-old also led the Gunners to fifth – the highest in four seasons – but lasted only three months of the 2019/20 season, before he was sacked and eventually replaced by Mikel Arteta. But Pires, who has played for both Arsenal and Villarreal, believes he deserves a longer acclimatization period to truly prove his worth at the Emirates Stadium.
Pires, LaLiga ambassador, on behalf of live score, said: “Can’t compare Emery and Arsène Wenger during their time at Arsenal, but the owner could give him more time. It was difficult for him, especially with the language. I think he did a great job at the time.
“Unfortunately for him and Arsenal, they lost the 2019 Europa League final to Chelsea in Baku. The pressure on the manager is very hard.”
Pires suggests that Emery, who has never managed Premier League before his appointment in north London, he needed more time to adjust to his new surroundings, using the example of Lionel Messi Struggling with PSG to illustrate his point. Messi has only had three goals in Ligue 1 since leaving Barcelona last summer and have found the changing landscape more difficult than many expected.
“Managers and players need time. When you change the country, you change everything,” he explained.
“LaLiga is completely different if you compare with the Premier League. LaLiga is completely different if you compare with Ligue 1 in France. It is different from Serie A in Italy.
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“Each country has its own way of playing football. That’s why sometimes for a manager or a player it can take longer to adapt.
“You can imagine us talking about Lionel Messi, one of the best players in the world and looking at what happened with his move to PSG in France. I repeat, it takes time. to adapt. Even for Messi it was very difficult because Ligue 1 is more physical than LaLiga.”
Pires added: “I love Emery because I love his football philosophy. He is always attacking, attacking and trying to play great football. So Villarreal’s next step in LaLiga is to achieve it. positions in the Champions League. I believe in him and Villarreal.”
LaLiga Ambassador Robert Pires is speaking at an event for LiveScore, the Official Global Scoring Partner of LaLiga Santander. To read the full article, visit LiveScore’s News section this