David Seaman – Unai Emery needs time with Arsenal

Arsenal legend David Seaman has warned the supporters that they cannot expect instant success with Unai Emery at the helm. The Spaniard took over the head coach role with the Gunners in May after Arsene Wenger made the shock decision to end his 22-year tenure with the north London giants.

Since then, Emery has acted swiftly to make five signings in the summer transfer window but Seaman does not expect the Spaniard to instantly change the fortunes of the club. The former Gunners shot-stopper added that a return to Champions League football could be regarded as a great season for the Capital outfit next term.

He said: “If I am honest I don’t think it will click straight away because it is a new manager. It is a whole new different way of Arsenal. I am back here (at the Emirates Stadium) and I am still seeing Arsene’s face everywhere. I see him in the dugout – moaning and groaning, and throwing water bottles, and struggling with his zip, stuff like that. So it is going to be really hard to get used to somebody else in that seat. It will take time, butI think realistically top four would be a great season for us.”

Arsenal go into the 2018/19 season without much expectations and their schedule has certainly not favoured them with tough-looking fixtures against Manchester City and Chelsea to start the Premier League campaign. Nevertheless, Emery has managed to improve the defensive strength of the squad for the upcoming season and a fourth-place finish could be regarded as a minimum, should the Spaniard want to keep his job.

The Gunners are presently in Singapore for a couple of pre-season friendlies against Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain. They would thereafter make the return to Europe to face Chelsea and Lazio before the start of the new league campaign.