Arsenal invested a lot of money this summer after missing on the UEFA Champions League last season, as the team's ownership gave a huge vow of confidence to Unai Emery's project.
However, the team has been far from impressive so far, and former Gunner striker Alan Smith thinks it's because of Emery's 'confusing' tactics, claiming some player shave reached out to him to talk about that:
“Maybe it is down to a lack of understanding. I have heard whispers, after all, that some of the players find their manager’s instructions confusing, that they do not really know what he wants them to do. If so, that does not bode well. Clarity of purpose is essential," Smith wrote on his colum for the Evening Standard.
Moreover, the Sky Sports analyst went on to criticize Emery's misuse of his weapons, claiming the Spanish boss hasn't been able to develop a true playing style and the team lacks the ability to recover the ball once they lose possession:
“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. 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 really dangerous, encouraged by loads of space in the middle ground," he added.
Smith had no mercy for Emery and even mocked his tactics, so clearly he's not a fan of the former Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain mastermind:
“I thought the studious Emery would have made improvements long before now,” he said. “For someone who spends untold hours personally cutting up video of the opposition to show his players, you would have thought we would have seen a more organized reaction to losing the ball," he concluded.