Arsenal legend Lee Dixon has warned Gunners fans that it is highly unlikely their side will finish in the top four this season under new coach Unai Emery.
Dixon, who made 458 appearances and won two Premier League titles with Arsenal, believes that it will take a couple of transfer windows before Emery is able to put his stamp on this Gunners squad, having taken over from Arsene Wenger who managed the North London club for the last 22 years.
“Well, I look at the top four and the way the teams have started and I’m kind of going ‘This is going to be really hard,” Dixon told the Daily Star.
“Obviously Arsenal’s start, although we’ve picked up a couple of wins, we gave a huge amount of chances away against West Ham, and likewise there were opportunities in the other games.
“I’m not confident, it’s going to take a while and I look at the top four now and I’m going ‘Where are we going to get in?
“We’ve got to improve a lot and other teams have got to slip up.
“But it goes back to time again, I’m still hopeful. I’ve got a few people who are still at the club that I know and what’s going on on the training pitch is very encouraging.
“That’s the thing I’m hanging onto to say ‘No this team will get better’. It’s whether the players and the recruitment from now until the end of the season, through another window and with another window in the summer, he’s going to need a couple of windows in order to put his stamp on the team.
“It’s looking very difficult at the moment with the top four, so I think there’s got to be a lot of improvement, not only with different personal over the next couple of years but a different change in mentality that gets them a little bit more consistent without the ball.”