The former Everton, England and West Ham boss delivered a damning verdict on the new Gunners manager’s tactics
Sam Allardyce has slammed Unai Emery for Arsenal’s tactics against Manchester City.
Emery had clearly directed his side to play out from the back in their opening Premier League game of the season, with veteran goalkeeper Petr Cech continually starting goal-kicks with short passes to his defenders rather than launching the ball up field.
Cech and the Gunners defence did not look comfortable throughout, losing the ball in dangerous positions on numerous occasions, as City sealed a comfortable 2-0 win at the Emirates.
Speaking on the Sports Breakfast on Monday, Allardyce questioned Emery’s approach to the game, and said he cannot understand why teams play in that manner – City aside.
“It is the manager’s fault,” said the former England boss, when asked about Cech’s much-criticised performance in goal.
“Don’t ask somebody to do against Man City what you shouldn’t do. You shouldn’t play out like that against Manchester City.
“What do Manchester City do? They press, press, press so why do you try and play out when they press, press, press?
“Even the Arsenal crowd cheered when he [Cech] dropped one in the opposition’s half.
“We are getting obsessed with this stupid ‘let’s play out from the back, split the centre halves either side of the 18-yard box and go and play from there’… it’s utter rubbish to play like that all of the time.
“When you’re the best at it [like City] then you can do it.”