Arsenal legend Tony Adams has lambasted his former club’s autumnal form and believes they posses a ‘losing’ mentality.
The Gunners produced a limp performance as high-flying Leicester City cruised to a 2-0 victory at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.
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- In a potentially season-defining match, Leicester City beat Arsenal 2-0 on Saturday.
- Jamie Vardy and James Maddison earned the three points for Brendan Rodgers’ side.
- That win has taken Leicester to second in the Premier League table, above Man City.
- Meanwhile, Arsenal are currently languishing in sixth, eight points adrift the top four.
- The result also means Arsenal are now winless in five successive matches.
Goals from Jamie Vardy and James Maddison compiled further misery on Unai Emery, whose tenure is appearing to be increasingly untenable with every passing week.
The Spaniard has endured a lukewarm start to his second season in the Arsenal dugout, with some match-going supporters even calling for his departure.
That recent frustration and criticism has now started to filter through to pundits and club affiliates, with Adams particularly unimpressed with the recent showings, though he did stop short of completely blaming Emery, instead pointing his finger at the powers that be at Arsenal.
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Speaking on Sky Sports after the game, he said (via the Daily Mail): “The recruitment has been poor for a few years now. The manager must be pulling his hair out.
“We came here expecting a good hiding and we got one. It’s infectious once you’ve got that mentality.
“I think it’s easy to blame Emery. He’s doing his best with what he’s got. It’s a bigger problem than this coach, it really is.”
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Adams backs Emery
There has been a growing anxiety presiding over the Emirates these past few weeks, but Adams has backed Emery to stick it out.
He believes the Spaniard came into the job during difficult circumstances last season but ultimately proved to be successful.
When asked about a new manager coming in, Adams replied: “I don’t think so, he’ll get an initial lift, but what are you looking for? Last year, I thought he [Emery] did an unbelievable job. So many changes…”
Jamie Redknapp also chimed in on the debate, suggesting Arsenal simply don’t have an elite-level pool of players.
He said: “How many Arsenal players would get in that Leicester team? I’m struggling to name one. Would you swap [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang for Vardy? Not right now.”