Pires: Emery is the right man for ‘strange’ Arsenal

Unai Emery is a great manager and is the right man to lead Arsenal amid their “strange” inconsistency on the road, says Robert Pires.

Emery replaced the iconic Arsene Wenger in the Arsenal dugout last summer and has since undergone a respectable first campaign in charge at the Emirates Stadium.

The Spaniard has won 27 of his 44 games in charge of Arsenal and is on course to return the Gunners to the top-four of the Premier League after a two-season absence.

Currently, Arsenal sit two points above Manchester United in fourth and just a single point behind local rivals Tottenham in third in the league standings.

Therefore, Pires feels Emery is doing great at Arsenal even if he thinks their away form is questionable upon some rather unsettling setbacks.

“I think yes,” Pires told SportsMax on whether Emery is doing a good job at Arsenal.

“Of course, it was so difficult at the beginning for Emery. You know the fans, the media, they love to compare the past and the present, and of course, the past when you talk about Arsenal is always Arsene Wenger.

“But he [Emery] is a great manager and his philosophy is good, [he is a] Spanish guy, so he loves to play good football, and look, we beat United at home.

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“We are close to the top three, just one point behind Tottenham and I think we can reach the seat for the Champions League next season.

“It’s strange, because it’s my club and we have two faces. One face when we play at home, we play very good, we played sometimes well, we can beat Man United.

“And the second face is when you play away and it’s not the same team. That’s why I say it’s strange.

“I spoke with Laurent Koscielny and even the players didn’t know why we play so good at home and, not bad, but not very good when we play away.

“Now, for Unai and the players, it’s very important to find the good balance between home and away games.”

After losing the first leg of their last-16 tie to Rennes 3-1 in France, Arsenal will hope to overturn their deficit at the Emirates Stadium tonight to book a place the Europa League quarter-finals.

The Arsenal and Rennes game will begin at 9:00 PM (CET).

Stade Rennais v Arsenal - UEFA Europa League Round of 16: First Leg
RENNES, FRANCE – MARCH 07: Benjamin Bourigeaud of Rennes battles for the ball with Lucas Torreira of Arsenal during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 First Leg match between Stade Rennais and Arsenal at Roazhon Park on March 07, 2019 in Rennes, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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