Charlie Nicholas has claimed that it will be the Arsenal fans that dictate whether or not Unai Emery is sacked from his role in charge of the club.
The Sky Sports pundit admitted that it was the Gunners’ faithful that made sure Arsene Wenger left despite his undeniable success and that they are likely to do exactly the same with Emery should their form continue.
Arsenal needed a last-gasp injury-time goal from Alexander Lacazette to rescue a point against Southampton, and left the field to jeers from the home crowd after the 2-2 draw.
Nicholas also responded to Jeff Stelling asking whether or not the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham is likely to put more pressure on Emery at the Emirates.
“Yes I think it does,” he told Super 6.
“I think what Arsenal are looking at now, is that it will be the fans that will dictate the situation.
“They dictated Wenger leaving, and eventually they will dictate this man [Emery] leaving.”
Has Pochettino being sacked put even more pressure on Emery? ?
"The fans dictated Wenger leaving, the fans will dictate Emery leaving,". ?
— Super 6 (@Super6) November 24, 2019
What do we think?
How quick the Arsenal fan base can change their minds can be frightening at times. Last season was filled with ups and downs under Emery, but he still hasn’t been given enough time this season to prove he is the man for the job.
The grass isn’t always greener on the other side, and after many months and years of complaining over Wenger, it was strange to see some fans actually call for the Frenchman to return. What happens if the next man isn’t as good as Emery? Will they want to see him back at the Emirates?
Yes, there is no hiding from the fact that a home game against a weak Southampton side should have delivered three points, but not all the blame can land at Emery’s feet.
A manager can not put on his boots and go onto the pitch, so when David Luiz turned his back and allowed Danny Ings to race in behind and open the scoring, that is unacceptable.
You can’t exactly sack your players though, so it is Emery who is skating on thin ice, but Arsenal fans should remember what they did to Wenger and possibly think again before jeering their side.