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Alan Smith highlights the difference between Emery and Lampard

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Emery entered his second season at Arsenal with some unconvincing performances from his team, including the most recent loss to Sheffield United.

The critics are hitting hard at Arsenal, with Unai Emery being the primary scapegoat.

While the results aren’t that bad, the playing style and performances are pretty worrying.

Emery was accused of abandoning the attacking style Arsene Wenger built during his tenure at Arsenal.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 24: Unai Emery manager of Arsenal reacts during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Arsenal and Nottingham Forest at Emirates Stadium on September 24, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

On the other hand, Frank Lampard managed to buy the fans’ trust in just a couple of months at the helm.

Apart from the fact that he’s the club legend, Lampard is also beloved for implementing the attacking-minded system into the team.

This attractive style of play mixed with a bunch of talented youngsters results in Chelsea competing for the Champions League spots.

Alan Smith talked about the difference in management style for the two teams. According to Metro, Smith said:

“You look at the table and Arsenal are still in a good position, and with the way Spurs and Manchester United are, it’s a great chance to finish in the top four,” said the former Arsenal man.

“If they don’t this season, then there are a lot of questions to answer and you’d imagine he wouldn’t be around next season.

“They are going to have to sort themselves out and get some results because the opening is there. Chelsea under Frank Lampard have sorted themselves out, he’s getting his ideas across.

“I know it’s a different situation but you’ve got a new manager there who has adopted a style of play he likes, but you just can’t see that with Emery.”

Smith also complained about Arsenal’s quality in midfield:

“You always need better players – and central midfield might be one area they look at in January – but it’s that organization and getting things across on the training ground and becoming a tough nut to crack, which Arsenal haven’t been for a long time, that Emery needs to focus on.”