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Unai Emery left Arsenal players shocked with his decision before Chelsea loss

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Unai Emery has endured a baptism of fire in his first games as Arsenal manager.

The Spaniard is the first Gunners boss to lose his opening two league matches since caretaker Steve Burtenshaw in 1986, following defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea.

Of course, by the end of Arsene Wenger's reign, there were deep-seated problems at the club and the majority of fans are willing to give his replacement time to turn things around.

Yet, on both occasions, there were lots of worrying signs as they did not look close to their top-six rivals, even if Chelsea eventually only triumphed by a single goal.

On Monday Night Football, Jamie Carragher made the point that Emery should consider adapting his tactics as Arsenal will be expecting results quickly.

Gary Neville retorted that the former PSG and Sevilla boss should instead lay down the law, as modern players will take advantage of him if they sense any weakness.

Indeed, according to the Mirror, there is already an element of mutiny in the dressing room.

The newspaper claim that Emery 'shocked' the squad by leaving Aaron Ramsey out of the starting line-up at Stamford Bridge.

The Welshman's teammates felt he was being made a scapegoat for the performance against City and the player himself approached his manager after the game.

Was Ramsey unfairly treated? 

Publicly, Emery refused to call out any one player and suggested he had only axed Ramsey to create balance.

It was noteworthy, nonetheless, that several others, such as Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil, who also underperformed in the season opener, kept their places in the starting XI.

Ramsey declined to speak to the media having come on as a substitute in the second half against the Blues.

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Why him? The obvious theory is that Emery is laying down the law as the 27-year-old is yet to sign a new contract and has been linked with Manchester United and several overseas clubs.

With just a year left on his current deal, Arsenal are concerned that he could leave for nothing next summer.

In the grand scheme of things, this minor dispute may well be forgotten about soon enough, but the first whisperings of discontent have already begun.

It's vital the north Londoners get back on track against West Ham to prevent things getting any worse.

What have you made of Emery's reign so far? Have your say in the comments. 

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