Robin van Persie questions Arsenal’s style under Unai Emery

Robin van Persie gives his verdict on Arsenal's style under Unai Emery after the Gunners' solid start to the season

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Robin van Persie
Robin van Persie (Photo: BT Sport)

Robin van Persie doesn’t believe that Arsenal have a “philosophy” under Unai Emery.

The Gunners have won their opening two Premier League fixtures for the first time in over a decade.

Arsenal were 2-1 winners against Burnley in their second Premier League games at The Emirates thanks to goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The north London side are sitting in second place in the Premier League table thanks to their successive victories to make a promising start to the season.

Unai Emery has been in charge at Arsenal for over 15 months after the Spanish head coach replaced Arsene Wenger at The Emirates at the end of the 2017-18 season.

The Spanish head coach is still trying to rebuild the Arsenal team but Emery’s side haven’t established a clear identity like Liverpool FC and Manchester City.

And former Arsenal captain Van Persie is still unsure about Emery’s philosophy at the north London club.

“It’s difficult to say because if you look at the teams under Wenger, Wenger’s teams always used to play from his philosophy,” Van Persie told BT Sport.

“You can see the same happening now with Jurgen Klopp and the same with Pep Guardiola at Liverpool and Manchester City.

“But with Emery I don’t really see his philosophy. What is his philosophy? He’s changing a lot, he’s changing tactics a lot.

“It looks to me like he’s changing his playing style based on the opponent, and I think it does show real strength if you, from the basis, go out with your own strengths.”

Arsenal have’t won the Premier League title since 2003-04 when Wenger led the Gunners to their famous unbeaten season.

The north London side have been unable to secure a top-four finish in the last three Premier League season.

Arsenal will make the trip to Premier League leaders Liverpool FC in their next fixture at Anfield on Saturday 24 August.

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