Ainsley Maitland-Niles questions Unai Emery’s tactics and Granit Xhaka’s ‘scared’ claim

first_img Comment Emery reflects on ‘frustrating’ 2-2 draw with WatfordTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:47FullscreenEmery reflects on ‘frustrating’ 2-2 draw with Watfordhttps://metro.co.uk/video/emery-reflects-frustrating-2-2-draw-watford-2006290/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘Words can’t describe how I feel about it,’ he told Sky Sports News. ‘I don’t think so [that the team was scared], I think we tried to play the way we played, we should have changed it instead of being so persistent and trying to play out from the back.‘We’ve spoken to each other as a team and the manager has also spoken to us.‘We know we’ve done wrong, we can all hold our hands up and blame each other if we wanted to, but we’re a team and we take the responsibility as a team and be even better.’Who should be Arsenal’s next captainGranit Xhaka0%Sokratis0%David Luiz0%Alex Lacazette0%Hector Bellerin0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMore: 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 Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 18 Sep 2019 12:43 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link314Shares Advertisement Ainsley Maitland-Niles questions Unai Emery’s tactics and Granit Xhaka’s ‘scared’ claim Unai Emery is under pressure after presiding over an inconsistent start to the new season (Picture: Getty)Ainsley Maitland-Niles insists Arsenal should have abandoned Unai Emery’s instructions against Watford and has questioned Granit Xhaka’s assertion that his team were ‘scared’ during their second half capitulation.Emery’s side have failed to build on an impressive summer transfer window and an encouraging start to the new campaign which saw a new-look team win its first two matches against Newcastle and Burnley.Arsenal were subsequently well beaten at Anfield and dropped two points at home against north London rivals Tottenham, but looked on course for three points at Vicarage Road on Sunday after two quickfire Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang goals helped establish a two-goal cushion before the interval.AdvertisementAdvertisementEmery’s side caused their own downfall in the second period, constantly inviting pressure by attempting to play out from the back, a tactic that backfired in spectacular fashion when an errant pass from Sokratis Papastathopolous gifted Tom Cleverley a chance to drag Watford back into the contest.ADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 CityXhaka, who is likely to be appointed as one of Emery five captains this week, claimed none of his teammates was willing to take responsibility in a second half dominated by the Hornets, who grabbed a deserved equaliser through Roberto Pereyra’s penalty.Maitland-Niles, who created Aubameyang’s second goal, disagreed with Xhaka’s version of events but believes Arsenal should have been streetwise enough to have mixed up their game-plan. Advertisementlast_img read more