Arsenal supporters told to give Unai Emery time to rebuild Gunners
Liam Rosenior insists criticism of Unai Emery after Arsenal's 2-0 loss to Man City is unfair
Unai Emery needs to be given time to rebuild Arsenal, according to Sky Sports pundit Liam Rosenior.
The Spanish head coach took over the reins at Arsenal in the summer after Arsene Wenger stood down following 22 seasons in charge of the north London side.
Emery has wasted no time leaving his mark on the Arsenal squad with five summer signings during the 2018 summer transfer window.
Arsenal have signed Stephan Lichtsteiner, Bernd Leno, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi to bolster Emery’s squad.
The Gunners lost 2-0 to defending Premier League champions Manchester City in their Premier League opener at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday evening.
Arsenal are looking to secure a return to the top four after the Gunners missed out on a Champions League spot in the last seasons.
Speaking to Sky Sports’ The Debate show about criticism of Emery after Arsenal’s 2-0 loss to Manchester City, Rosenior said:
“Emery’s probably spoken to the directors and said this is the way I play. This is what I can give you, not just over one year but over three, for our five.
“That Arsenal team have been struggling for a few years and it takes time to build something, and if you deviate from that straight away you already give away your power and style of play. It took Guardiola time to get Manchester City playing the way he wanted.
“Emery has come in at Arsenal, and they’re trying to get in the top four, he’s trying to play the same way. He’s won titles with Sevilla, he’s won three Europa Leagues in a row, and I find it a bit disrespectful to have a go at him trying to build something in the same way Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola have in the past.
“Sam Allardyce was having a go at a manager who’s just had his first game, playing against the best team in the league, trying to put a stamp on his philosophy into this club – let’s see how Arsenal do in six months in six months’ time, because I saw a lot of good in their play.
“Yes they lost, yes Cech made mistakes playing out, but I saw them being able to press the ball because they were trying to rest in possession.”
Arsenal finished in sixth spot in the Premier League table last season to culminate in Wenger’s exit at the end of the 2017-18 Premier League season.
The Gunners haven’t won the Premier League title since 2003-04 after Arsenal finished the campaign without suffering a single loss.