Paul Merson has predicted that Unai Emery’s position at Arsenal could be in serious trouble if his side lose their next Premier League games.
The Gunners face travel to Portuguese outfit Vitoria on Wednesday night in the Europa League group stages, before a huge fixture against Leicester City on Saturday evening.
The North London outfit travel to the King Power Stadium to face Leicester in a pivotal league fixture before the international break.
Arsenal currently sit fifth in the league table, but they are six points adrift of Leicester and Chelsea in third and fourth position.
They could find themselves nine points adrift of the Champions League places after the weekend if results go against them and they are facing an in-form Leicester team that will be confident.
Ex-Gunners forward Merson believes that Emery may even lose his role as manager if they lose away to the Foxes.
“Emery is struggling and with a trip to Leicester on Saturday, he will do well to keep hold of his job if that goes against him,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“The gap is already six points to fourth place and Arsenal are in a situation where they can realistically only afford to lose two more game this season to keep pace with the teams ahead of them.
“And, to make matters worse, the fans are turning, they are booing, making decisions and chanting ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’. That’s not good, especially ahead of the two-week international break, a break in which Emery’s position will be under threat if they fall to the Foxes.”
Arsenal are certainly reaching a crossroads in their season by the looks of it and a defeat away to Leicester would be a hammer blow that would leave them with plenty of work to get into the top four.
They simply have to be back in the Champions League next season if they want to keep their best players and attract even better talents, but whether Emery is the right man to be at the helm remains to be seen.
Leicester’s Jamie Vardy will be excited about facing an Arsenal backline that he’s is capable of ripping through.
Emery needs his players more than ever to play for him at the weekend or he does seem destined for the exit doors in the near future.