Sky Sports pundit rates Arsenal signings under Unai Emery

Charlie Nicholas hasn't been impressed with the standard of player that Arsenal manager Unai Emery has recruited

Charlie Nicholas
Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas (Photo: Sky Sports)

Arsenal have recruited “bog standard average” signings in Unai Emery’s fledging reign at The Emirates so far, Charlie Nicholas says.

The Gunners appointed Emery as Arsene Wenger’s replacement last summer after Arsenal finished in sixth place in the Frenchman’s final season in charge.

The former Sevilla boss wasted no time leaving his mark on the Gunners squad after the north London side made five summer signings.

Arsenal recruited Juventus defender Stephan Lichtsteiner, Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno, Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira, Dortmund centre-half Sokratis Papastathopolous and Lorient teenager Matteo Guendouzi.

Of the five new arrivals, only Guendouzi and Torreira have been big hits at the north London side following their tenacious performances in the middle of the park.

Emery snapped up FC Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez on loan for the remainder of the season in the January transfer window to further improve his options in the middle of the park.

However, former Arsenal midfielder Nicholas isn’t impressed with most of the signings that Emery has made since taking over the reins at The Emirates.

“The players that the manager has brought in are average,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.

“The goalkeeper [Leno] has got a chance but plays behind a really bad defence. Torreira and Guendouzi, the youngster, have done okay.

“Lichtsteiner? Not good enough, don’t need him. Sokratis? The same, not been good enough.

“So far in the transfer window these are the manager’s signings – three have been poor and three have been okay. That’s a reflection of where we are going.

“He brings in Suarez and doesn’t accommodate a defender. I can’t accept that he’s going down the right direction right now. It’s reality. We are bog standard average.”

Arsenal are in fifth place in the Premier League table and a point adrift of the final Champions League qualification spot with 12 games to go.

The Gunners lost 1-0 to BATE Borisov in the first leg of their Europa League round of 32 clash last week.

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