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Arsenal boss Unai Emery is in “deep trouble” despite the club coming out to support the Spaniard, claims former England and Tottenham manager Glenn Hoddle.
Arsenal are now eight points adrift of the Premier League top four following Saturday’s 2-0 loss at Leicester City.
Gunners staff were told at a pre-arranged meeting on Monday that club chiefs believe Emery is the right man to lead the club forward.
But Hoddle has doubts over his long-term future with the north Londoners.
“I think he’s in deep trouble, I really do,” Hoddle told Premier League Productions.
“I think Arsenal fans and everyone in football can see… I don’t know where their next result is coming from.
“Yes of course they’ve got exciting players going forward and some of them are being asked to play, particularly at the weekend there, in a strange position.
“Your two strikers [out wide], one of them maybe, but not two of them.
“They’re going to leak goals, they’re just not good enough defensively.
“I’m sorry but last year they weren’t good enough, you expected them to go and improve on that back three, back four, whatever they want to play.
“I think it’s probably deteriorated, it’s gone backwards, so you’re always going to score against them.
“I think he’s in deep trouble unless he gets on that training ground and puts it right with those players, or in January brings new players in, I think he could be in trouble, yeah.”
That is despite Arsenal issuing the following statement on Monday: “We are as disappointed as everyone else with both our results and performances at this stage of the season. We share the frustration with our fans, Unai, players and all our staff as they are not at the level we want or expect.
“Things need to improve to meet our objectives for the season, and we firmly believe Unai is the right man for the job, together with the backroom team we have in place. We are all working intensively behind the scenes to turn things around and are confident we will.
“We never take our fantastic support for granted. We hope we can all stick together and get behind the team in this challenging period, as together we are stronger.”