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Martin Keown has been speaking on talkSPORT about Arsenal manager Unai Emery and the expectations he faces.
What did he say?
Emery is a man under plenty of pressure regarding his job security, with many Arsenal fans wanting him out of their club.
The Gunners’ current run of five games without a win in all competitions has certainly not helped Emery garner support for his tenure.
There may be some people who feel sympathy for the Arsenal manager’s current situation, but Keown is not one of them, as he said on talkSPORT: “He’s just being reminded that if Arsenal don’t reach their objectives, which is to make it into the Champions League, then he’ll be without a job. That goes with the territory.
“Arsenal are striving to get back into the big time, to be in the running to win Premier League titles and to get into the Champions League, and it’s fallen by the wayside.
“Emery’s remit when he came in was to make Arsenal no longer a soft touch, to be more solid, to be stronger. But he’s been there 18 months now and the problems that were there before he came still exist.”
Arsenal have failed to reach the top four in each of their last three campaigns, but Emery will be expected to change that due to the importance of Champions League football to the club.
When speaking with The Independent, Santi Cazorla had said: “He needs time, it’s a new generation and it’s very difficult to compete against teams like Man City and Liverpool.”
However, Keown, who represented Arsenal 393 times throughout his own playing career, has taken a far more ruthless approach in judging Emery’s job security.
Will Unai Emery be Arsenal manager in January?
The upcoming period will be vital for Emery if he is to keep his job, as the next four league games will see the Gunners come up against Southampton, Norwich City, Brighton & Hove Albion and West Ham United, who are all currently in the bottom half of the table.
With Arsenal already eight points off fourth place, they can’t afford to fall too much further behind if Emery is to keep the fledgling support he has.