Unai Emery requires another “two or three windows in which to get the players he wants”, says Ray Parlour, with it far too early for Arsenal supporters to be calling for his head.
The Spanish coach at the Gunners helm has experienced a mixed debut campaign in English football.
His reign opened with back-to-back Premier League defeats, but Arsenal then went on a 22-game unbeaten run across all competitions.
Europa League success is still being chased down, having reached the last-32 stage, along with a top-four finish.
Arsenal slipped out of those places over the weekend, though, as they suffered a 3-1 defeat at Manchester City, with some fans taking to social media afterwards to air their grievances at Emery.
Former Gunners star Parlour is baffled as to why some have already turned on a man who inherited a squad from Arsene Wenger which requires major reconstruction, telling talkSPORT: “I’m amazed by that.
“Arsenal are where they are meant to be at the moment. They’re not at the same level as Liverpool, Man City or even Spurs.
“You’ve got to give this guy a chance, he needs to be backed by the club.
“You can’t sack the manager already and Arsenal are not that sort of club anyway.
“Realistically, I think you’ve got to give him a few transfer windows. I know he only brought in one player in January, but I think it’s going to take two or three windows to get the players he wants into the side.
“Certainly, I think he’s the man to take the club forward, and now he’s got to be backed by the board.
“Any manager is going to struggle if they haven’t got players to bring in.
“You expect Man City, Man Utd and Chelsea to all spend and sign big players, so we’ve just got to stay in the hunt and try and compete with those clubs.
“What wins you trophies is better players, that’s what Arsenal have to get if they’re going to do that, especially defensively.
“Realistically, it’s going to take time. You’ve got to give him a chance. To say ‘Emery Out’ already, it’s harsh.”
Arsenal remain infuriatingly inconsistent away from home under Emery, with struggles on the road holding them back.
They are, however, just three points adrift of the Champions League spots despite having slipped behind Chelsea and Manchester United into sixth place.