Jamie Redknapp outlines Arsenal targets under Unai Emery next season
The Liverpool FC legend sets out Arsenal's targets in their first season under Spanish head coach Unai Emery
Jamie Redknapp has challenged Unai Emery to transform Arsenal into top-four contenders next season.
The Gunners haven’t finished in the Premier League’s top four in the past two seasons under Arsene Wenger to regress under the Frenchman.
Arsenal finished in sixth spot in the Premier League last term behind Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC.
The north London side lost 3-0 to Premier League champions Manchester City at Wembley in the League Cup final last season.
Arsenal were unable to reach their first Europa League final following a 2-1 aggregate loss to Spanish side Atletico Madrid.
The Gunners have appointed Unai Emery as Wenger’s replacement and the Spanish head coach has wasted no time improving his squad.
Arsenal have already signed veteran Switzerland international Stephan Lichtsteiner, Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno and Borussia Dortmund centre-half Sokratis Papastathopoulos.
Former Tottenham midfielder Redknapp believes Arsenal will need to challenge for a top-four spot next term.
“I’m sure he’ll be thinking ‘could you not have given me an easier game?’, but that’s the Premier League,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.
“What he will find in this league, unlike La Liga where you’ve got six or seven gimmes every year, is that there are no easy games.
“He is going to play against the best team first of all and he will find out a lot about his team before the window closes.
“I don’t think they will be challenging at the end of the season, though, but it’s important for them to bridge that gap and make sure they try and get back into the top four.”
Arsenal haven’t won the Premier League title since 2003-04 when the Gunners finished the season unbeaten.
The north London side won the FA Cup three times in the past five seasons to add some silverware to their trophy cabinet.