Ian Wright believes Arsenal should already be sounding out replacements for Unai Emery, regardless of Saturday’s result against Leicester.
The Spaniard is facing mounting criticism following a mediocre run of results which has seen the Gunners claim just one victory from their last six fixtures.
Defeat at the King Power would leave Arsenal nine points adrift of the top four heading into the international break and with Champions League qualification essential to their hopes of keeping star players, including the likes of new club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Wright fears his old club must act ruthlessly.
‘Arsenal the management side of it should be at least starting to feel people out,’ he said.
‘If you look at he stats from Emery to Wenger it’s not improved at all, it’s regressed if we’re honest.
‘They’ve got to be looking at candidates now. I can’t see how all of a sudden from now, coming up against Leicester, I can’t see how it’s going to get better.
‘You’ve got to be thinking Arsenal are looking for people and if not why not?
It wouldn’t surprise me if it was a Gazidis appointment the way things have worked out.
‘If Arsenal don’t make the Champions League, which they won’t do the way they are playing at the moment, he’s got to go and the sooner the better.’
Emery, himself, admits tonight’s match against Leicester, who have won eight of their last night matches, represents a must-win scenario for his side who have blown leads in their last four matches.
‘This a very big opportunity. After two matches at home that we drew, tomorrow is a very good opportunity. Yesterday the players worked and trained very well with a good spirit and they give me confidence,’ said Emery.
‘The most important is our mentality and going there thinking: ‘We are Arsenal.’ And we will go there with confidence and also strong in our mentality to be together to go to work against them.
‘The circumstances – Ozil, Kolasinac, the Laurent Koscielny circumstances and if he was still here then he would still be captain and there would be no problem. But the team inside now, they are strong. ‘Is this must-win? Yes. But in our mind, for each match it is only to win.’
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