Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 12 Nov 2019 11:52 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link113Shares Unai Emery is really struggling for results with Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)There have been calls from fans and former players for Emery to be sacked, but Merson does not see that happening now that we are into the international break and that Arsenal have a favourable run of fixtures ahead of them.The Gunners’ next four Premier League games are Southampton (h), Norwich (a), Brighton (h), West Ham (a), before hosting Manchester City.Merson believes that this would have been the perfect time to replace the Spaniard and that he has been lucky to keep his job.‘Looking at what’s to come with Arsenal, the fixtures, I think he’s there for the long run,’ continued the former England international.‘I think this was a prime [time] to say ‘right, let’s get someone in, this hasn’t worked, bring a manager in, got five or six unbelievable football games to come up, get off to a great start, and then we go from there.‘I think he’s very fortunate.’Reports suggest that the Arsenal board have given Emery until New Year’s Day, when his side host Manchester United, to turn things around.If the Gunners are not in with a realistic chance of the top four by that stage, he may well face the sack.MORE: Arsenal players have given up on Unai Emery and the board are ready to sack him, says Emmanuel PetitMORE: Arsenal board give ultimatum to Unai Emery Advertisement Paul Merson says Arsenal are deteriorating under Unai Emery but he will not be sacked any time soon Arsenal were dejected after defeat to Leicester on Saturday (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal are not only bad at defending, but are now below par in attack as well, according to club legend Paul Merson.The Gunners are enduring a poor run of results which has seen them go without a win in their last five matches and manager Unai Emery come under immense pressure.Recent Premier League defeats to Sheffield United and Leicester City have left Arsenal eight points adrift of the top four and in something of a crisis of confidence.The defence has come in for criticism for many months, but Merson now believes that Arsenal’s once potent attack has been dragged down to the level of the rest of the team.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I don’t see any change at Arsenal,’ Merson told Sky Sports. ‘They don’t keep clean sheets, they let in goals for fun and do you know the worst thing about it now?‘They don’t even really look like scoring goals, which is the thing with me, with Arsenal, they always looked like they were going to score goals, even though they would be ropy at the back.‘But I don’t see that happening now.’ Advertisement Comment
Press Association The Black Cats, who arrived on Tyneside without a win in nine Barclays Premier League games, were simply too good for their hosts, who were never able to muster the intensity they needed to deny their neighbours the points. Stephane Sessegnon blasted the visitors into a first-half lead and stunning strikes by Adam Johnson and substitute David Vaughan after the break ensured there was no way back for Alan Pardew’s men, who are now only two points better off than their derby rivals. Di Canio dropped to his knees in celebration on the sidelines when Johnson’s 74th-minute effort hit the back of the net, while Pardew had due cause to feel aggrieved after what would have been a 61st-minute Papiss Cisse equaliser was ruled out for offside. The Magpies’ defences were finally breached with 27 minutes gone. Jonas Gutierrez, who had been asked to play at left-back, found himself on the opposite side of the pitch and having given the ball away, failed to dispossess Sessegnon as he cut inside towards goal and unleashed a skidding shot which sped past goalkeeper Tim Krul and into the bottom corner. Krul departed prematurely 57 minutes in after landing awkwardly after challenging for a high ball and was replaced by Rob Elliot. Simon Mignolet was called upon to palm away Cisse’s 60th-minute effort, and the Belgian and his team-mates enjoyed a let-off seconds later. Sylvain Marveaux’s free-kick was turned back across goal and the Senegal international smashed it into the roof of the net, only to be denied by an offside flag. Pardew swiftly replaced the weary Yohan Cabaye with compatriot Hatem Ben Arfa, and he might have dragged the home side back into it 19 minutes from time when Mathieu Debuchy returned Marveaux’s cross back across goal, but he could not keep his header down. Cisse fired another effort wide from Moussa Sissoko’s cross two minutes later with Newcastle pressing, but Johnson dashed their hopes when he steered a superb left-foot shot past Elliot to make it 2-0. There was worse to come for the home side with eight minutes remaining when Vaughan blasted a swerving left-foot drive high past Elliot and inside the far post to complete the Black Cats’ dream afternoon. Paolo Di Canio launched his Tyne-Wear derby career in spectacular style as Sunderland blasted their way past Newcastle 3-0 to ease their relegation fears.
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