Emery and out? Gunners legend Merson shocks Arsenal and makes stunning Unai claim
Gunners legend Paul Merson has claimed Unai Emery could leave Arsenal next season if he is not backed in the transfer market.
Emery has enjoyed an indifferent first season at the Emirates, with many questioning whether or not he is the right man to help the club get back into the habit of challenging for the Premier League title, and not just compete for a Champions League spot.
Emery was left disappointed during the January transfer window after the Gunners board failed to back him on his quest to land more than Denis Suarez, with the Spaniard keen to improve the back-line, which has cost the club vital points this season.
The level of backing Emery will receive in the summer is as of yet unknown and Merson claims Emery could leave if substantial transfer funds are not presented.
‘I like Emery, but he has to sort out the defence,’ Merson told talkSPORT. If he gets that sorted in this window or in the next two windows, then he’ll be judged.
‘Arsene Wenger always used to say one thing: “You’re only as good as your players, it doesn’t matter who you are.” ‘You wouldn’t see Pep Guardiola going down to do the job Sol Campbell’s doing and playing the Man City way down there.
‘So you’re only as good as your players. For me I think Emery needs two windows and then he’ll be judged. Then after that I think he could move on and think: “This [job] isn’t what it said it was on the tin”.’
Will Arsenal hand Emery funds in the summer window?
Emery will get a little something to paly with in the next transfer window as this current Gunners side needs a lot of money spent on it, but the hierarchy will not want to go crazy and may only hand Emery around £70 million, which will not land the type of player he needs.
Champions league football is a must for Emery and if he does not get that this season, then it will be very hard for the club to hand him the kind of money that he wants to land a few ‘superstar’ players.
Arsenal have been tight in recent seasons and they have done nothing to suggest that will change.