David Ornstein of the Athletic reported that Josh Kroenke met with Unai Emery after the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace and that the club are still firmly behind him. Over the years, Ornstein has earned the trust of the Arsenal fans having reported a series of exclusives in the past and on Monday morning he claimed the club would not make a knee-jerk decision regarding the future of Unai Emery.
Arsenal director Josh Kroenke met with Unai Emery after yesterday’s game. #AFC won’t make a knee-jerk decision but onus is now on Emery to deliver. More detail on that, the new deal he almost got last summer + the candidates he beat in 2018 @TheAthleticUK: https://t.co/nrFU0ziuSL
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) October 28, 2019
Prompting a series of responses from fans of the club who were quick to point out Arsenal have won just six of their last 17 Premier League games.
Not sure what would be kneejerk about sacking Emery tomorrow tbh. We’ve won 6 out of the last 17 games, only a draw ahead of Spurs, who are a walking meme atm. We have been underperforming for a year, look clueless on the pitch, devoid of creativity and evidently can’t man-manage
— Wavy Yute (@eoeosba) October 28, 2019
How is it a knee jerk reaction? We haven’t played well all season and all of the end of last season
— johnny (@johnny58415972) October 28, 2019
Joke club PSG and Spartak Moscow smaller clubs than Arsenal sacked him for less. Why wait are they blind? Why wait for it to get more toxic? Get rid of him before we miss out on top 4 again.
— Shane King@SPARTAN (@SpritusInvictus) October 28, 2019
Emery had a powerpoint on each player and was hired cuz of it but plays Xhaka at DM and Torreira at CAM. Clearly knows nothing about our players
— K. (@TheOzilVision) October 28, 2019
Hey, sometimes knee jerks work! Give it try Josh. Be free!
— Arsenal In ? (@dariendude2) October 28, 2019
Indecision is what got us into that horrible mess at the end of Wenger’s reign. We can’t have that again.
— Sam (@the_cannon) October 28, 2019
What do we think?
The widespread discontent amongst Arsenal fans stretches back as far as April when Crystal Palace were last in town. The Gunners suffered a defeat at the Emirates Stadium that afternoon and the Head Coach’s decision to make wholesale changes that day ultimately cost his team.
Arsenal are expected to give Emery until the end of the season before deciding on whether he will be allowed to enter his third season. Patience amongst the supporters is beginning to wear thin and with supporter relations starting to break down it remains to be seen how bad things will need to get before the Kroenke’s pull the trigger.