ARSENAL fans are experiencing a Groundhog Day Effect with Unai Emery as the Gunners boss manages to replicate Arsene Wenger’s final days at the club.
A huge amount of goodwill came the Spaniard’s way as he began life in the Emirates dugout – but they are now back to square one.
Emery put together a 14-game unbeaten run to have Arsenal well in the race for the Champions League in the lead up to last Christmas.
Rather than herald the new immaculate era fans had hoped for, it turned into the sort of false dawn that Wenger became known for in his later years.
And the subsequent collapse has crashed the Gunners back down to earth with an all-too familiar feeling.
When taking into account the managers’ last 30 Premier League games for the club, Emery only has a single point more than Wenger.
Both men won 15 games, a success rate of 50 per cent, while the Frenchman drew five and lost ten to his successor’s six draws and nine defeats.
But Wenger was streets ahead of Emery in terms of hitting the back of the net, his side smashing in 62 goals for the current mob’s 41.
What Emery does have over the three-time Prem winner though is his defence – which isn’t exactly up to much as it is.
In their last 30 games, Emery has managed to keep the damage down to 37 goals conceded while Wenger’s defence let in 41.
These stats create a real quandary for Arsenal fans as many wanted to see Wenger leave because of how far his side had dropped off since its peak.
It is evident the new man hasn’t improved things much – if at all.
Monday’s defeat to Sheffield United saw the calls for Emery’s head amplify but the club are likely to back him, whether out of hope or expectation.