UNAI EMERY needs to be given time if he is to succeed at Arsenal.
Unai Emery became Arsenal manager this summer (Image: GETTY)
That’s the view of Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn, who has seen the new boss suffer a mixed start to life in the Emirates dugout.
Emery took over the reins from Arsene Wenger in the summer with the Frenchman leaving the club after 22 years in charge.
Emery has won two and lost two of his opening four Premier League games with back-to-back victories over West Ham and Cardiff.
The Gunners are still to find their best form under Emery with the Spaniard opting for a play from the back tactic.
And Winterburn has warned that it will take time for Arsenal to reach their full potential under Emery.
“It’s going to be a slow process,” Winterburn told Goal.
“I think we were a little bit naive if people thought the new manager would come in and everything would be absolutely fine.
“He really needs at least this season to progress, see where we go to.
Unai Emery replaced Arsene Wenger at Arsenal (Image: GETTY)
“It could take a little while because there’s some really good teams in that top four.”
Arsenal impressed against Cardiff with both Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang finding the net.
There has been debate over whether the pair can play together.
But former Arsenal defender Martin Keown believes Emery could build his team around one of them.
When asked what he’s been impressed with most under Emery, Keown told the Daily Mail: “I think special mention has to go to Alexandre Lacazette.
Unai Emery has seen Arsenal win two and lose two of their opening four matches (Image: GETTY)
Nigel Winterburn won the Premier League in 1998 with Arsenal (Image: GETTY)
“How patient has that man been? His attitude has been impeccable.
“He failed to make the French squad for the World Cup then watched from afar as they went on to lift the trophy in Russia.
“Emery used him as a substitute in his first three Premier League matches, then he finally gets to start against Cardiff.
“So what does he do? He goes and scores the winner. Lacazette now has to play and be the person they build around. Full credit to him.”