Paul Merson sends warning to Unai Emery ahead of Arsenal v Leicester City

Arsenal legend Paul Merson says Unai Emery needs his Gunners side to beat Leicester on Saturday

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Paul Merson
Arsenal legend Paul Merson (Photo: Sky Sports)

Paul Merson says Unai Emery’s position will be under threat if Arsenal lose to Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

The Gunners are in fifth place in the Premier League table after failing to win their last two top-flight outings.

Arsenal drew 2-2 with Crystal Palace before a 1-1 stalemate with Wolves in successive home fixtures at The Emirates.

Emery’s side are six points adrift of Leicester and Chelsea FC, who occupy third and fourth spot respectively.

Arsenal have struggled to put a consistent run together in the Premier League since their opening two fixtures of the season.

Emery is facing speculation surrounding his future at the club following Arsenal’s underwhelming start to the season.

The Spanish head coach’s tactics and substitutions have attracted criticism, while there’s been murmurings of dissent within the Arsenal dressing room.

Sky Sports pundit Merson says Emery can’t afford to lose to Leicester at the weekend.

“Emery is struggling and with a trip to Leicester on Saturday, he will do well to keep hold of his job if that goes against him,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“The gap is already six points to fourth place and Arsenal are in a situation where they can realistically only afford to lose two more game this season to keep pace with the teams ahead of them.

“And, to make matters worse, the fans are turning, they are booing, making decisions and chanting ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’. That’s not good, especially ahead of the two-week international break, a break in which Emery’s position will be under threat if they fall to the Foxes.”

Emery took over the reins of Arsenal from Arsene Wenger in May 2018 after the Gunners finished in sixth spot.

The former Paris Saint-Germain manager couldn’t restore Arsenal to the top four after the Gunners finished in fifth place last term.

The Gunners haven’t won the Premier League title since 2004 when Arsenal finished the campaign unbeaten.

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