first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 9 Nov 2019 1:54 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.7kShares Unai Emery believes mitigating factors have hampered Arsenal this season (Getty Images)Unai Emery believes multiple issues away from the pitch have been responsible for Arsenal’s poor performances this season.The Spaniard is under huge pressure having guided the Gunners to just one win in their last five Premier League games.Arsenal are already six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea and fans are calling on the club to sack Emery just 18 months after he replaced Arsene Wenger as manager.Emery, however, feels incidents at the club including the attempted robbery involving Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac, Laurent Koscielny’s decision to go on strike in order to force through a transfer before the season had begun, and Granit Xhaka’s clash with supporters have had an impact on the team.ADVERTISEMENT Laurent Koscielny went on strike to leave Arsenal this summer (Getty Images)‘I’m not really disappointed with our work,’ said Emery.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I am being realistic because some circumstances did not help us to achieve our best performance.‘The circumstances with Ozil, Kolasinac, Koscielny and, remember also, that if he [Koscielny] was here as captain, that would give us no problem.‘Then Xhaka’s circumstances.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityEmery also conceded that his Arsenal players had failed to follow his game plan.‘We are not playing really with a good performance to impose our idea, impose our capacity on each match,’ said the Arsenal manager.‘I said to them we rarely lost at home but we didn’t impose as I want and will want in the next matches in our process.‘It’s a process we need to do with the players.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Unai Emery explains reasons why Arsenal have struggled this seasonlast_img read more

first_imgBlack Stars defender Jerry Akaminko believes Ghana’s captaincy row contributed to the lacklustre Afcon 2019 campaign.Outgone Black Stars head coach Kwesi Appiah’s decision to remove Gyan and replace him with Andre Ayew as substantive captain resulted in the former declaring his retirement from the national team.Gyan later rescinded his decision and traveled with the team after President Akufo Addo had intervened.However,Akaminko believes the damage had already been done because the unity within the group was fractured at that point.We have been having these issues since the days of Tony Yeboah.It is the responsibility of the coach to correct this situation.He is the leader of the delegation and must think about the decision carefully to see if it will help.There are so many ways he could have gone about taking the captaincy from Gyan.Gyan is not just any player, he is a big figure within the team and is also at liberty to make whatever decision makes him happy.Appiah should have understood that any decision made against Gyan was going to affect the Group because he is a figure that is looked up to.He should have called Dede and Gyan and spoken to them properly about the situation.There should be no conflict within the team.We lost the tournament before we left.You expect people to be happy within a team but it does not work like that,” he calmly explained.The Black Stars eventually crashed out of the Afcon at the Round of 16 stage after falling to Tunisia on penalties.last_img read more