Arsenal manager Unai Emery is under fierce criticism from almost everybody right now following Arsenal’s abysmal second-half performance against Watford on Sunday but he does have one big thing in his favour right now.
He has time to turn things around.
The Arsenal board are not going to have a kneejerk reaction and fire him, they will, I am certain, give him until at least January and most probably to the end of the season to straighten the ship.
Other clubs, Watford being a classic example, sack their managers when results and performances have gone against them but Arsenal is more patient than that.
But Emery cannot take that patience for granted, the board will not want a repeat of the Arsene Wenger situation with banners and boos resonating around the Emirates and they certainly will not want the fans turning on them again.
So, Emery is on borrowed time right now but he can be relaxed knowing that no drastic action from the board is imminent.
However, if he does not sort out the defence, get a proper vision, somehow resolve the issues with the passing out from the back and reinstate a positive mental attitude into the players then he could be out the door before the January transfer window opens up.
Whether he can turn things around is open to debate, I am not sure that he has it within him because the issues at the club were clearly evident last season and I see no signs that he has got to grips with the problems.