Paul Merson: Arsenal boss Unai Emery needs three transfer windows
The Arsenal legend believes Unai Emery needs at least three transfer windows to revamp his team
Paul Merson has claimed that Arsenal manager Unai Emery will need at least three transfer windows to revamp the Gunners squad.
The north London side were 2-0 winners against fourth-placed Chelsea FC at The Emirates on Saturday evening to bolster their hopes of securing a top-four finish.
Goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny sealed a comfortable win for Emery’s side and moved Arsenal to within three points of Chelsea FC in the Premier League table.
However, Arsenal’s defence continues to undermine their impressive performances further up the pitch and Emery’s defence has conceded 32 times in 23 games in the Premier League this term.
Only Manchester United have conceded more goals than Arsenal in the Premier League’s top nine to highlight the north London side’s clear issues at the back.
Former Arsenal playmaker Merson doesn’t expect the Gunners to achieve success with Emery before the Spanish manager improves their defence.
“Defensively they are one of the worst sides I’ve ever seen in the top six of the Premier League,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“Even when they were on that unbeaten run, I wasn’t convinced and now they are showing their true colours.
“Until they sort out the defence, they won’t be able to achieve anything. Aaron Ramsey was Arsenal’s best player last weekend – he’s leaving on a free. I don’t know where the club is going.
“Unai Emery will need a few windows to sort it out but the players they’ve purchased haven’t been great.”
Arsenal are in fifth place in the Premier League table and three points adrift of Chelsea FC in the race to secure the final Champions League spot.
Emery was appointed as Arsene Wenger’s permanent successor last summer after the Frenchman led the Gunners to a disappointing sixth-placed finish last term.
Arsenal will take on relegation candidates Cardiff City in their next Premier League fixture on Tuesday 29 January.