Arsenal legend: “Emery has done a really good job so far”

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 19: Unai Emery, Manager of Arsenal gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Chelsea FC at Emirates Stadium on January 19, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Former defender Sol Campbell believes Unai Emery has done well at Arsenal but expects he will need more time to build up his own side.

Overall, Emery has had a respectable start in charge of Arsenal since replacing Arsene Wenger as manager after 22 years.

While Manchester United have struggled greatly since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013 under four different managers, Arsenal have managed to retain their normal level of performance with Emery.

The former Paris Saint-Germain boss has won 22 and lost eight of his 36 matches in charge of Arsenal and he’s kept them in the hunt for a top-four finish in the Premier League this season.

Aside from that, Arsenal also progressed to the knockout stages of the Europa League comfortably after finishing top of Group E.

Now Campbell, who is a manager himself nowadays at Macclesfield Town, gave his verdict on Emery’s first campaign at the Emirates Stadium.

“I think [Unai Emery] has done a really good job so far”, Campbell told talkSPORT.

“Like me, he’s come into a side and inherited all the players and that’s tough because they’re really top heavy now.

“There’s not much room in the coffer to get new players in and you might have to move players on to get players in – and I know myself, it’s hard.

“You have that tussle, that tug of war and then you have to get a team together to play football, challenge and be competitive. So he’s got that to deal with.

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“It’s probably going to take two or three transfer windows before he gets a team that’s him.”

But the two-time Premier League winner admits Emery will have to make to with the squad he has at the moment, even if it’s not the one he desires.

Campbell added: “He’s got to inspire the players, even though they’re probably not the players he would like. But that’s football and you have get on with it.

“He’s done a really good job, he’s stable, they’ve won games. They’re not where they could be but under all the pressure he’s done really well.”