Former Gunner not convinced Mauricio Pochettino would improve Arsenal

Charlie Nicholas doesn’t believe that Mauricio Pochettino is the solution for Arsenal.

Arsenal is a club in turmoil and the fans have completely lost all faith that Unai Emery is the man to turn things around.

There have been conflicting reports about Emery’s position. Some reports have claimed that the club has been sounding out potential replacements, while others have claimed that he has been offered more time to turn things around.

Former Arsenal star, Charlie Nicolas however, believes that the Spaniard’s time as the club’s manager will soon be over because of their current poor run of form.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Nicholas said, “It definitely feels that way. After 21 years of Arsene Wenger, it is hard to look at a manager leaving after 18 months and think he has had enough time. But it is not so much the time frame on it, it is the lack of improvement.

“They did spend a fair amount of money. Probably in the wrong positions in my opinion. Kieran Tierney has come in and it has taken him ages to get fit, so he will need time to settle. Hector Bellerin has been out. The centre-back position has been poor. Then there’s the lack of protectors in midfield.

“I have sympathy with him. But we all know that this is a results business and that’s down to the manager. If he doesn’t get results, his time will be up and the fans are starting to get angry now.

“When the anger comes to Arsenal, then the thoughts turn to the board. And when the board are shaking a little bit then they have a decision to make.

“Who will make the decision? It is a committee of four or five people. There are different people involved and it seems even they are confused about it. Arsenal have no leaders on the pitch and no leaders upstairs.”

He also added that he had doubts about Mauricio Pochettino making Arsenal better.

“Of course. He is a top-quality coach. We did it with Sol Campbell in the past and we know what mayhem that created. This would be even more. He improved Spurs dramatically and got them to the top four and the Champions League final.

“The question mark beside him is that he didn’t win any prizes. They didn’t always get results against the rest of the top six so that’s a question mark too.

“Would he improve this Arsenal side? I am not so sure. I think it needs a rebuild defensively right from the centre backs”

Nicholas makes some very good points, however, it is easy to say who cannot do the job, it is a lot harder to say who can.

This is a very testing period for the club. They simply cannot get the next manager wrong. If they do, it will be them that the fans will turn their anger towards.