Nigel Winterburn believes that Unai Emery will need at least one season to make progress with Arsenal.
Although most of us knew that Emery faced a massive rebuilding job when he took over from Arsene Wenger in the summer, I don’t think many of us realised just how huge that job was.
From Arsenal’s first four games of the season, we got a clear picture of the state of things within this squad and we can see with our own eyes that it is going to take a bit of time to sort everything out.
How long depends on a number of factors – how the players respond to Emery’s instructions, how lucky they get with injuries and how the club back him in the transfer market being just three of the things that need to align to give the Spaniard the best chance of success.
“It’s going to be a slow process,” Winterburn told Goal.
“I think we were a little bit naive if people thought the new manager would come in and everything would be absolutely fine.
“He really needs at least this season to progress, see where we go to.
“It could take a little while because there are some really good teams in that top four.”
Winterburn was voted the 32nd best Arsenal player of all time.
He played for the club for 13 years, making 430 appearances in the league alone. Scoring 12 goals, he won three league titles, including a Premier League title, making him more successful than Tottenham.
He also won two FA Cups, a League Cup, two Charity Shields, and a European Cup Winners’ Cup.