Arsenal boss Unai Emery might have seen from the treatment Arsene Wenger was subjected to at times that when you’re Arsenal manager, you can’t do right for doing wrong, and he’s already being criticised.
The manager has been told that the new contract handed to Calum Chambers is a mistake – with the payrise causing a huge amount of debate – and some people even saying that the defender has done nothing to deserve it.
Perry Groves was one of those people, and said that the defender could have been motivated in other ways.
“I must admit, that is a bit of a surprise,” Groves said on talkSPORT.
“Most Arsenal fans would say they don’t think at the moment Calum Chambers is good enough.
“If you’re going to give a player a chance, surely you bring him in and say ‘I really rate you, I’m going to give you a chance in pre-season, beginning of the season. If you do well, then I’ll put your money up’.
“Why would you put someone’s money up first if you haven’t proved yourself?
“Is he going to get better with coaching?
“There hasn’t been a lot of coaching going on at Arsenal in the last few years.”
Another issue Emery is going to face next term will be the one of under-performing players, and he will have to make his view on that known early on.
Wenger seemed to carry too many passengers in his XI before the end of his time at the club, and it cost him dearly, with many people claiming he was far too loyal to certain players – and it haunted him in the end.
The likes of Mesut Ozil has been particularly hit and miss for the Gunners, and will know that he needs to improve or be dropped – despite his new deal that was of course penned last season.