G88ner has made a number of posts over the last 2 or 3 pages, which nail everything imo. I also have sympathy with Sid's opinion. I said recently that while we all knew that Dick was inheriting a squad full of deadbeats, he's had a full season with these blokes, plus the two or 3 additions that most of us were pleased with, notably Leno and Torreira (although he's not performing as he was). That should be time enough to make a noticeable difference, even if it's not huge.
Organisation, discipline, application and spirit can all be improved by managerial change, even if the inherent quality of the players can't. It's ultimately about producing a team that's greater than the sum of its part....something Wenger wasn't doing and, I'm afraid, neither is Emery. I have some sympathy for Augie's position, but while improving on last season's points total ought to point to something, I really don't think it does, when pitched against performances and especially the latest disasters. At the business end of the season, when it was in our hands to qualify for top 4 and those around us were dropping points, that's when a manager earns his money. I don't care who's in the squad, there's no excuse for the abject last four league performances (we deserved to lose to the 10 men of Watford).
We all know that any team can have an off day, but we're looking at a trend, at the wrong time of the season. Also, as Sid says, that unbeaten run in the Autumn was hardly convincing. It was seat of the pants stuff and in half of those games, we could have been 3 down before we scored. You can't keep relying on luck to mask poor performances and that luck has recently run out. When a new manager comes in, it's not always about results, points and league position, it's about seeing some onfield progress, some indication that things are improving and that there's room for optimism. Unfortunately. it just seems, more and more, as though Wenger never left.
As g88ner says, Dick's team selections, formations and substitutions are now all over the gaff and indicate a manager that has no idea, after a full season, of what his settled side should look like. Added to this, as I've said before, his faith in Xhaka as his key centre mid, kills any faith I might have in his judgement. Xhaka is the worst central midfielder I think I've seen at the Arsenal (I certainly can't think of any worse) and believe me, I've seen my fair share of crap.
I fear that Dick is not an elite club manager and yeah I know, before some smart Alec says it, we're no longer an elite club. Still, I said it last week, before the last two defeats and I'll stand by it....I'll give, Dick until Christmas. I hope I'm wrong, but I'm not optimistic that I'll be feeling any better about him come then. Those of us who so desperately wanted Wenger gone, for so many years, must not fall into the trap of lauding somebody, just because he's not Wenger. That makes us no better than the blind faith akb. Questioning Emery does not mean we were wrong about Wenger, it just means we might not have the right replacement.