There is every reason to believe that Arsenal will finish top-four this season, however, it is far from certain and in the event that the club misses out once again on Champions League football, you have to think that Unai Emery will be sent packing.
Some will say it is too early to even be thinking along those lines, I respectfully disagree, it is imperative that we consider all scenarios and plan for all eventualities.
This really is a make or break season for Emery, he has been backed to the hilt in the transfer market, he has a whole new team behind him, new exciting players and huge fan support and so, if he fails to meet the minimum requirements of his job, then he must fall on his sword.
If we do not start now thinking about life after the Spaniard, then when? What is the most appropriate time?
I certainly do not want Emery to leave because that means he has failed but I do think about it, I do think about the sort of manager I would want to replace him.
I do that because even though I am confident that he will succeed I do have my concerns, some of his tactics and team selections have been uninspiring, his loyalty to some players is disconcerting and his questionable vision for the team is, well, a mystery.
So, no, it is not too early to start thinking about life after Emery because there remains a possibility that this could be his last season in charge.