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Fourth place would be success for Arsenal in another rollercoaster season - Parlour

5:43 PM IST 01/09/18
Unai Emery Arsenal 2018-19
The former Gunners midfielder believes it will take time for Unai Emery to make his mark in north London, with immediate impacts rare in England

Arsenal have been warned to ready themselves for another “rollercoaster ride”, with Ray Parlour of the opinion that a fourth-place finish will represent success.

The Gunners have opened a new era under Unai Emery in 2018-19, with Arsene Wenger having departed the club after 22 years.

The Frenchman had found the going tough towards the end of his reign, with Arsenal slipping out of the Champions League, and more tests are expected over the course of the current campaign.

Parlour believes it will take time for Emery to make his mark in English football, with change never easy in the Premier League as those at Emirates Stadium take in a period of “transition”.

The former Gunners midfielder told the Daily Star: “I’ll be delighted if they finish fourth.

“If they come fourth it’s been a very, very good season, a successful season. That’s how hard the Premier League is now and the competitive nature.

“Top four will be difficult - the bookmakers don’t get it wrong too often and Arsenal are the sixth favourites to get to the top four.

“In that respect it would be a good season. I’m always optimistic they can have a good season.

“I’m still a little bit worried that this is a transition period.

“They might have a few bumps along the way, it could be like a rollercoaster ride for Arsenal fans but as long as you can see a change developing in the team and the club itself then I think the fans will stick with it and go with it.

“Very rarely do you get a manager come into the club and you hit the ground running and win the league.

“[Antonio] Conte did it at Chelsea but if you look at the other clubs that tried it - Manchester United - it doesn’t happen.

“Jurgen Klopp, it’s taken him quite a few seasons to get the team he needs but Liverpool trust him as a coach.

“You won’t get managers staying for 10, 20 years now anymore.”

Arsenal have collected one win from their opening three Premier League fixtures, with a trip to Cardiff on Sunday offering them a chance to wrap up back-to-back victories.