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.
‘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.’
‘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.