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Lineker: Emery doesn’t have the squad to compete and Arsenal will struggle to make top four

Gary Lineker reckons Arsenal will struggle to finish in the top four as they simply do not have the squad to compete with the Premier League’s big boys.

Arsenal currently sit in fifth in the Premier League, just one point behind Manchester United, although the Red Devils have overcome an incredible 11 point deficit in the last two months since the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Gunners started the season with renewed optimism following the long-awaited departure of Arsene Wenger, although it has turned out to be the same old story, with some pathetic performances, poor defensive displays, and with the club sitting outside the top four.

However, former Spurs and Everton striker Gary Lineker has said that Unai Emery simply doesn’t have the squad to compete, with only Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang having the quality to get into any of the current top three sides.

“They didn’t have the squad to compete when Arsene Wenger was there let alone now, so what is Emery really supposed to have been able to do so far?” Lineker told talkSPORT.

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“How many of their team would get in Tottenham, Manchester City or Liverpool’s side? Ask yourself that.

“One possibly? Aubameyang? That would be it.”

“It’s way too early [to be speculating on Emery’s future], but that’s football in the modern day.

“At some clubs you get more time than others. I suspect at Arsenal you get more time, as you’ve got to look at the longevity of Wenger’s reign.

“He’s a good coach and he’s got a great track record, but it will be really difficult for them to get in the top four – I said that at the start of the season.”

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