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Vieira insists Arsenal need to be patient with Emery to ‘resolve the issues’

Patrick Vieira has urged patience at Arsenal as Unai Emery bids to turn the club’s fortunes around following a disappointing start to the season.

The Arsenal manager is coming under increasing pressure following the club’s poor run of form, last weekend’s defeat at top-four rivals Leicester leaving the club eight points adrift in the race to secure Champions League qualification.

Sections of the club’s fans have been vocal in their discontent with the side’s current situation, with several indicating that now is the time for a change, having grown frustrated with Emery’s inability to fix all too familiar flaws.

Despite their struggles, senior figures at the club have described Emery as ‘the right man for the job’, and former Gunners captain Vieira has urged patience as the Spaniard bids to ‘resolve the issues’ at the North London club.

”I think it is a club that’s going through a really difficult period,” Vieira told Sky Sports.

“But you have clubs going the same way, I think is never easy when you change manager, especially after Arsene (Wenger), who spent 20 years over there.

“And I think [Manchester] United went through the same spell, Chelsea went through the same spell. And I think what people need is to be calm and to give the manager a time to resolve the issues.”

Arsenal’s defeat at the King Power Stadium left them sixth in the Premier League, eight points off the top four, with a home clash with Southampton up next following the international break.

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