Arsenal players have ‘lost confidence’ in Unai Emery as transfer mistakes slammed

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Arsenal players are rapidly losing confidence in under pressure manager Unai Emery, according to ex-Gunners man Perry Groves.

Emery’s side are winless in their last five games and the club are eight points adrift of the top four in the Premier League.

The Spaniard is under immense pressure to finish in the Champions League spots this season, something they failed to do last term.

Arsenal’s summer signings, which include £72million Nicolas Pepe and £8m David Luiz, haven’t performed as well as fans of the north London side would’ve liked.

But Groves believes their poor performances are more down to a loss of confidence than anything else.

“The thing with the Arsenal situation with Unai Emery is, if you watch them against Leicester, and I’ve been watching Arsenal a lot this year, there is no structure. There doesn’t seem to be any philosophy,” he told talkSPORT.

“Unai Emery doesn’t seem to know his best formation, he doesn’t seem to know what players to play in that formation and I think the players have lost confidence in him. I don’t think the players are getting him at the minute.”

Groves also explained that under ex-boss Arsene Wenger, Arsenal were a more intense team to play against, particularly in his former years at the club.

“I think, when he first went in there, there was an intensity because it was too comfortable under Arsene Wenger and he made his stance [clear],” he added.

“The closing down was a lot more intense – covering more ground.

“He went 22 games unbeaten over a little period and in the game against Spurs they went 2-1 down and came back. There was a real buzz about the Emirates.

“And what has happened is he’s got rid of the players he didn’t want, like the Monreals, the Petr Cechs, and Aaron Ramseys but then the players that have been brought in, whether it’s by him or the sporting director, they have actually got steadily worse.

“That intensity has got less and less and less with a team that he is supposed to be constructing.

“The thing from watching from the outside is there doesn’t seem to be a desire to do the horrible stuff.”

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