Gary Neville defends Unai Emery’s tactics at Arsenal

Man United legend Gary Neville defends Unai Emery's tactics after Arsenal's poor start to the season

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Gary Neville has defended Unai Emery’s tactics after Arsenal’s poor start to the Premier League season.

The Spanish head coach took over the reins from Arsene Wenger at the end of the 2017-18 campaign.

Wenger led the Gunners to a disappointing sixth-placed finish to miss out on Champions League football.

Emery signed five players in the summer transfer window to leave his mark on the Arsenal squad.

The Gunners lost 2-0 to defending Premier League champions Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal suffered a 3-2 defeat by Chelsea FC at Stamford Bridge last weekend after Marcos Alonso’s winner.

The north London side were criticised for their open approach to their losses against Man City and Chelsea FC.

Former Manchester United defender Neville doesn’t believe Emery should alter his tactics following a poor start.

“He has had six weeks to work. Unai Emery has been a coach for 10 years and has been successful,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“He has his idea and the players have to adapt to him. He has to find out over this first season which players can adapt to him and which players can’t.

“Of course he will lose games. In the first season there will be some pain for Arsenal in this transition they are going through. I think it’s dangerous to adapt.”

Arsenal signed Juventus defender Stephan Lichtsteiner, Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno, Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira, Borussia Dortmund centre-half Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Lorient teenager Matteo Guendouzi in the 2018 summer transfer window.

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