Gary Neville believes Emery will need ‘3or 4 windows’ to get things right at Arsenal

Gary Neville believes Arsenal’s players have been in a comfort zone over recent years and claims new manager Unai Emery will need as many as four transfer windows to get things right at the club.

The Spaniard wasted little time in making new additions after being appointed as the successor to Arsene Wenger in May, with Lucas Torreira, Bernd Leno, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Matteo Guendouzi and Stephan Lichtsteiner all joining.

Arsenal began a new era with a disappointing 2-0 home defeat by reigning champions Manchester City on Sunday and Neville thinks it will take more than one summer to correct the litany of recruitment mistakes made prior to Emery’s arrival.

‘These players have been in a comfort zone, and that was Arsene Wenger’s fault according to most people, for the last few years but now they have no one else to look at,’ he said on Sky Sports.

‘If they don’t do a job, he [Emery] will get rid of them.’

He added: ‘He has to have three or four transfer windows to get this right. Of course he has to, this isn’t Chelsea.

‘This isn’t short-term. Recruitment has been so bad here that it will take a few transfer windows to sort this out.

‘It took Pep [Guardiola] three windows at City. I don’t care who you bring in here. It’s going to take a lot.’

Earlier analysing Raheem Sterling’s stunning opening goal for City at the Emirates Stadium, Neville pinpointed particular areas that still require notable improvement.

‘I’m just looking at both centre-backs,’ he said. ‘They’re not the quickest and you’re asking them to push up the pitch. That’s why the two full-backs I think are very narrow, to protect their mates. They’re in a bit of a rock and a hard place.

‘The immediate aftermath of that goal was that I think to play this way Unai Emery is going to need the transfer window to sort it out and get the players in to play because at the moment it is very difficult.

‘I think with these players… you think of [Henrikh] Mkhitaryan and [Mesut] Ozil, players who can play in wide areas and then get up and support the attack quickly and counter attack? No.

‘Centre-backs who can push up the pitch and defend one-on-ones? No. Midfield players who are really good on the ball and can win the ball back? No.’

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