The outspoken Sam Allardyce had some strong words headed in Unai Emery’s direction following Arsenal’s demoralizing 2-0 loss to Manchester City.
After a promising pre-season, many Arsenal fans thought a new day will dawn on Sunday, but the old problems re-appeared against Manchester City and Sam Allardyce blamed Unai Emery. He was highly critical of Emery’s approach (Sky Sports).
“We’re getting obsessed with this stupid ‘let’s play out from the back, split the centre-halfs either side of the 18-yard box and go and play from there’.”
“It’s utter rubbish to play like that all the time.”
He couldn’t comprehend how Emery wanted to assert his own game, knowing that it couldn’t possibly work against an organized, experienced team such as Guardiola’s.
“What do Manchester City do? They press, press, press so why do you try and play out when they press, press, press?”
Indeed, The Gunners were outgunned and outplayed by The Citizens, who demonstrated that the saying “Rome wasn’t built in a day” exists for a reason. It’ll take some time for Unai Emery to figure out how to set up his lineup against various opponents and get accustomed to the Premier League.
Here’s the full Sam Allardyce interview via Twitter:
'We are OBSESSED with this STUPID way of playing!' ?
Sam Allardyce isn't a fan of teams playing it out from the back…
What do you make of Sam's comments? ? pic.twitter.com/iKSjNZUnt5
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