‘An average team’: Sky Sports pundit blasts Arsenal under Unai Emery
Charlie Nicholas has his say on Arsenal's start to the new season under Unai Emery
Charlie Nicholas believes that Arsenal are an “average” team under Unai Emery following the north London side’s stuttering start to the new season.
Arsenal currently find themselves well off the pace in the race for a top-four finish after struggling to produce consistent form in the top flight this season.
Indeed, the Gunners are currently down in eighth place in the Premier League table after having only won four of their opening 13 games in the top flight this term.
The north London side’s stuttering form has led to intense speculation about Emery’s future at The Emirates, with Arsenal currently eight points adrift of the top four.
Former Gunners star Nicholas feels that the north London side are simply “average” and says it is no wonder that they have been struggling.
Speaking in an interview with Sky Sports, Nicholas said: “Arsenal have no excuses right now. This is an average team, but it is a pretty good attacking system within this team.
“The manager has found it complicated. He doesn’t know his best XI. He doesn’t know what his best defensive set-up is. He doesn’t know who his protectors in midfield should be. Because of this confusion they are all over the place.
“The price of £8m for David Luiz wasn’t much and we thought he might have improved it for a relatively small amount, but he hasn’t. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is now the captain, but the forwards are feeling this lack of belief too – not good signs for the manager.
“I actually think they kept him in position during the international break because they expected to beat Southampton, before having Eintracht Frankfurt at home on Thursday and then going to Norwich away next weekend. That game has now become a must-win scenario.”
Arsenal will host FC Astana in the Europa League on Thursday night before they prepare for their trip to Norwich City in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.
Emery has been tasked with steering Arsenal back into the top four this season after they finished fifth and without a trophy last term.