Nigel Winterburn: What I really think of Unai Emery at Arsenal
Nigel Winterburn opens up on Arsenal's start to the new season under Unai Emery
Former Arsenal stalwart Nigel Winterburn insists Unai Emery should be given time to turn the clubs fortunes around as manager.
Arsenal have finished outside the Champions League places for two consecutive years now, as the final part of Arsene Wenger’s reign at the club turned sour before his eventual departure in May.
Ex-Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain boss Emery was drafted in as his replacement, but he is so far enduring a testing opening to his Arsenal career.
Two defeats and eight goals conceded in the opening four games for Arsenal have left them already playing catch-up in pursuit of a top-four finish, however, they did manage to pick up back-to-back wins against West Ham and Cardiff City before the international break.
Winterburn believes that supporters should not be expecting an immediate return to the top table of European football under their new Spanish coach, citing the strong competition for places as the reason for his apprehension.
As per Goal, he told reporters: “He really needs at least this season to progress, see where we go to. It could take a little while because there’s some really good teams in that top four.”
A trip to St James’ Park to face Newcastle United awaits for Arsenal this weekend, which they will be expected to win given the fact that Rafa Benitez’ side has only one point to their name so far.
The Emery revolution will continue regardless of the result but anything other than three points on Saturday might start testing the patience of supporters across north London, even at this early stage.