Unai Emery has lot of questions to answer after the draw at Watford
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Watford 2-2 Arsenal - What Emery needs to understand about this squad

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Arsenal let a two-goal lead slip against a Watford side who are stuck at the bottom of the league table. Unai Emery’s strange decisions led us to arguably our worst performances ever and he now needs to reconsider his approach.

The Gunners by no means looked comfortable in either half. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s brace gave us an undeserved two-goal lead at the break and that should’ve been that.

Flores’ half-time team talk charged them up but their success after the break was mostly down to our terrible man-management. Taking off all our potential creators in Mesut Ozil, Dani Ceballos and Matteo Guendouzi was an absurd decision by Emery.

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The substitutions created a huge hole between our defence and attack. Xhaka and Torreira stayed back with our defenders while the front five stayed in Watford’s half. This gave the hosts all the space in the world to hurt us and they did just that. What the players were asked to do after the break was the complete opposite of what our strengths are and Emery needs to recognize that immediately.

Arsenal are at their best in the opposition third. Our playmakers have the ability to open up any defence in the world and our attackers know how to finish. Of course, being overly attacking in games makes us vulnerable at the back but with a defence as bad as ours, we are always vulnerable.

Should Emery look up to Brendan Rodgers?

Liverpool under Brendan Rodgers a few years ago were in a similar predicament to us now but they were clear with their approach. Arsenal cannot bank on 1-0’s or 2-1’s anymore. We need to trust our attackers to come up with the goods and almost always give us a cushion in lead.

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A defensive setup for a team who can’t defend is a foolish approach and hasn’t worked since Emery’s arrival. As important as clean sheets are for a club to succeed, Arsenal’s defence aren’t quite capable of that right now.

The returns of Kieran Tierney, Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and Alexandre Lacazette over the next few weeks will give us more stability. However, that will by no means make a drastic change in our ability to defend and Emery should focus on outscoring our opponents every week.

Winning 4-3 or 5-4 is a lot better than banking on a 2-1 lead to eventually drawing or losing it. Arsenal should step out to play every week with the aim of scoring a minimum of three goals. That is probably the only way Emery can balance our brilliant attack and terrible defence for the rest of this season unless we splash the cash on a top centre-half in January.

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