Unai Emery is asking for fans to be patient while he carries out the “process” of rebuilding Arsenal. Problem is, Arsenal have arguably the most impatient supporters in the Premier League and the mood has suddenly changed amid a sense of deja vu. Incredibly, the Gunners are just one point better off than at the same stage last season and have conceded five more goals than they had after 20 games a year ago. WIN £25,000 for FREE with Footie5 – click here to play They did not even have Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang back then, and he is currently the joint top-scorer in the Premier League. If Arsene Wenger was still in charge now, there would be planes flying overhead calling for him to be sacked. As it is, much of the positivity around successor Emery has eroded away in the space of just five games. Arsenal surrendered their 22-game unbeaten run at Southampton earlier this month, got knocked out of the Carabao Cup at home by bitter rivals Tottenham, beat Burnley, drew at Brighton and have now been thrashed away to leaders Liverpool. Summer appointment Emery was hailed as a miracle-worker at the start of the month when Spurs were beaten 4-2 in the Premier League and fans sang they had got their Arsenal back. Now it seems the Arsenal they have got back is the one from the dog days of Wenger’s reign. Nothing used to get the fans quite as worked up as the club’s injury list, and the current situation is as bad as anything they had to deal with under Wenger. They have THREE of their first-choice defenders out in Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and Nacho Monreal. On top of that, centre-back Shkodran Mustafi was subbed at half time on Saturday after being rushed back into the team with just one day’s training after a hamstring injury. Emery has been pushing the players to the limit in training, they have rarely had a rest and now the injuries are stacking up. The club overhauled their medical set-up last summer, but their lengthy list of crocks shows their injury problems had little to do with the old backroom staff and physios. Arsenal do not want to do any business in January as the money is not there. They would also rather sign players for the long-term rather than make panic buys which only provide a quick fix. Whether the worsening injury list tempts them to make a call to Chelsea to ask for out-of-favour former skipper and England international Gary Cahill remains to be seen, but even if they do pick up the phone it is hard to imagine the Blues will loan a player of such experience to one of their direct rivals for Champions League qualification. Recalling Calum Chambers from his loan spell at Fulham is an option, but the idea was to give him games — and the Gunners’ wage bill is already full to bursting. Their top-paid player, Mesut Ozil, is on £350,000-a-week, but it is obvious Emery does not fancy him. The German’s latest knee injury cropped up with him knowing he would not start at Liverpool on Saturday.
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