Gary Neville outlines Arsenal’s targets under Unai Emery in next three seasons
The Man United legend outlines Unai Emery's targets over the next three seasons at Arsenal
Gary Neville believes that Arsenal FC are in the midst of a three-year project under new boss Unai Emery.
Arsene Wenger left The Emirates back in May after a 22-season reign as the club’s manager, with former PSG coach Unai Emery coming in to replace him.
Arsenal managed to bring in some new faces during the summer transfer window, including Lucas Torreira, Bernd Leno and Sokratis Papastathopoulos, in a bid to strengthen the squad ahead of the new Premier League season.
Unfortunately, a difficult start to life in England for Emery was confirmed when the fixture list was announced in June, which pitted Arsenal up against Manchester City and Chelsea in their opening two games.
Emery’s men gave a good account of themselves against Chelsea FC on Saturday, losing 3-2 at Stamford Bridge, which was a vastly improved performance compared to during their 2-0 defeat at The Emirates to the reigning champions six days earlier.
Sky Sports pundit Neville believes that it will take time for Emery to implement a new style at the club and that supporters shouldn’t expect an instant turnaround in fortunes.
Neville told Sky Sports: “In the first year they will be working it out, implementing his ideas and they’ll be fifth or sixth. Next year they should be challenging for the top four after three transfer windows.
“The year after he should be moving up towards first, second or third. My view is this is a three-year project to try and get his ideas into the players. The last thing he should do in the early phase is lose control of the dressing room by adapting and taking away his principles.”
Arsenal’s 2018-19 campaign continues on Saturday at home to West Ham United, who have also lost their first two games and Emery’s team will be expected to pick up their first three points of the season.