Charlie Nicholas has hit out at Arsenal, labelling Unai Emery’s side as ‘bog standard average.’
Emery took over at the Emirates at the start of the summer, after the 22 year reign of Arsene Wenger came to an end, but former Gunners striker Nicholas has been far from impressed with the signings the Spanish coach has made so far.
“The players that the manager has brought in are average,” Nicholas told Sky Sports .
“The goalkeeper [Leno] has got a chance but plays behind a really bad defence. Torreira and Guendouzi, the youngster, have done okay.
“Lichtsteiner? Not good enough, don’t need him. Sokratis? The same, not been good enough.
“So far in the transfer window these are the manager’s signings – three have been poor and three have been okay. That’s a reflection of where we are going.
“He brings in Suarez and doesn’t accommodate a defender. I can’t accept that he’s going down the right direction right now. It’s reality. We are bog standard average.”
Nicholas does however, have some sympathy for Emery, believing a lack of leadership by the Arsenal hierarchy is to blame for the clubs struggles.
“They have a manager that I like what he is trying to do and I feel for him,” he continued.
“We need to give him at least two seasons to clarify whether he is going to be good enough or not.
“This controlled leadership, we have an owner in America who is interested but doesn’t want to be hands on.
“Last season, Arsene Wenger leaving, [Ivan] Gazidis turned around and said it was time for revolution at Arsenal , be prepared for change in everything. He leaves four months later. It’s a mess. There is no leadership, no guidance.”
Arsenal currently sit in fifth place in the Premier League table, and are in the last 32 of the Europa League, although they lost the first leg of their knockout tie with BATE Borisov 1-0 last Thursday.