Gunners legend Petit has Premier league warning for Arsenal boss Emery
Gunners legend Emmanuel Petit thinks that Arsenal’s defence will cost them a top four spot this season.
Arsenal boss Unai Emery spent over £70 million in the summer trying to improve his back-line and signed a number of impressive players whom he thought would help the club get back to the top of the game.
However, Bern Leno is behind Petr Cech in the Gunners squad, while Lucas Torreira, Mateo Guendouzi and Stephen Lichsteiner are still getting used to the English game.
And Sokratis Papasthopolous has already had a few moments which have given many Arsenal fans cause for concern, especially since he is playing next to shkdran Mustafi.
And although Arsenal have bounced back from consecutive defeats at the start of the season to win their last two games, they have conceded eight goals already in the Premier League – a total higher than any.
And Petit claims that unless they sort out their defensive issues, they will not get back into the Champions League.
‘Arsenal’s defence is still a long way from the level needed to compete with the top four teams in the Premier League,” Petit told RMC.
‘We saw it again against Cardiff. It is a recurring problem, that dates back years with Arsenal.
‘It has never been fixed, neither by Unai Emery, nor Arsene Wenger, nor the players out on the pitch.
‘Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette can score 40 to 50 Premier League goals a season between them if they are picked to start matches.
‘But even with these two, Arsenal won’t be able to finish in the top three if they don’t sort out their defensive problems.’
Here is what we think.
Arsenal are a team that need a lot of work and are a long way off challenging the Premier league big boys for a top four spot.
The players Emery signed are not good enough for a club their size and he needs a couple more transfer windows to get it right.
But even if they do sort out the back line, a top four spot will be a massive achievement this season.