Jamie Carragher has let rip on Arsenal’s run under Unai Emery, going so far as to label one of the Spaniard’s signings as a “disaster”.
Arsenal currently sit eighth in the table with no wins in their previous five Premier League encounters – a run of form which sees the Gunners as close to the relegation zone as they are to the top four.
The mounting tension at the Emirates has lead to speculation the club’s star striking duo could depart, and outspoken pundit Carragher was the latest to give his verdict on the mire the club finds themselves in.
“Unai Emery hasn’t adapted, he’s created confusion,” Carragher said while speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football.
“Confusion in the crowd, confusion with his players and confusion for himself. In this one game against Southampton, I think in some ways it almost sums up the 18 months of Emery at Arsenal, really.
“David Luiz, a player they brought in during the summer who I actually thought it might not have been a bad signing but it’s been a disaster for them.
“Strikers in this team, he’s got two top strikers, probably as good as a pair of strikers in the league with Lacazette and Aubameyang, you don’t bear to think how bad it would be without these two.
Arsenal were previously criticised for sticking with long-time manager Arsene Wenger for too long, with their indecisiveness leading the Gunners to miss out on both Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp.
“I think the reason that Arsenal fans are chanting for him to go is because I think they’re in this position with Arsene Wenger, slightly different because he had a lot more time at the end because he’s a legend and he’s won so much, but I think Arsenal fans look back and think that the two best managers in the Premier League, possibly the world, they missed out on because they stuck too long with their manager,” said Carragher.
‘That’s where I think the resentment now coming from the supporters is maybe because they’re looking at Tottenham moving a manager on, maybe Manchester United will be doing it shortly or in the summer, and they don’t want to miss out again because, at this moment, I think Emery isn’t Champions League level, he’s Europa League level.
“A great career but it’s not the level I think Arsenal needed.”