Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville have joined forces to praise Unai Emery for steering Arsenal into the top four, saying that their squad is ‘the worst in the top six’.
After two years of playing in the wilderness of European football, Arsenal made a huge statement of intent at the weekend by beating Manchester United 2-0, a result which saw the Gunners leapfrog Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side into the top four.
While the North London side have one of the more impressive strike forces in the Premier League in the shape of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, they have also had a pretty flimsy looking defence.
Speaking after the weekend’s result at the Emirates, Jamie Carragher lavished praise on Unai Emery, saying that he is overachieving considering the players at his disposal.
“I actually think Arsenal’s set of players in the worst in the top six,” Carragher told Sky Sports.
“If you see where teams should finish judged on their squad I’d say they should finish sixth and at this moment they’re fourth.
“I think that shows the job he’s doing and that’s the change here in the stadium.
“The team he wants is a more intensive team than the one we saw under Arsene Wenger. Even under Wenger you never really got the stadium like that. There’s an intensity about it. Coming here in the last four years I haven’t really seen that.”
Carragher’s praise was echoed by his regular Sky Sports sparring partner Gary Neville, who said that the Spaniard is ‘doing brilliantly’.
“He’s working with a squad that’s limited, in the sense that you’re thinking it should be finishing sixth in the league, but he’s doing brilliantly with it.”