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Ian Wright knows exactly what Arsenal have to do if the Emery era is to be successful

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It's been all change at Arsenal this summer - although Sunday's game against Manchester City didn't exactly look that way.

The Gunners replaced their long-serving and arguably greatest ever manager, Arsene Wenger, with Basque coach Unai Emery, ushering in a new era after 22 years.

The 2-0 defeat to City at the Emirates Stadium wasn't the start that anyone was after, but fans did at least get to see some changes early on.

There were tactical changes, such as the team clearly trying to pass out from the back more - even if it did nearly result in an embarrassing own goal for Petr Cech as he narrowly avoided his own far post with a pass.

And there were new signings, too - ones that should help fix a few of the problems that Arsenal fans have complained about for years.

Emery has brought in experience in defence with Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund and Stephan Lichtsteiner from Juventus.

Two new players have arrived in the middle of midfield, too, in Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira - the latter of which is exciting a lot of fans.

But with the Emery era underway and new signings on board, Arsenal legend Ian Wright has been quick to remind everyone what's needed if the new coach is to be a success: time.

"Unai Emery needs at least - if we're talking transfer window terms - he needs at least three or four transfer windows," Wright told Omnisport. "So if that means two seasons, give him two seasons.

"I think that we've had a manager for 20-odd years, and he was magnificent for us, and now we've got a manager who has come in who has got pedigree.

"He's good enough to be the manager who can go to the next level - so why not give him the time to do that? Give him the time to try and implement the style of play that he wants.

"Whether that means he's got the players already or he's going to have to bring them in throughout three or maybe four transfer windows.

"I believe he should get that and we should judge him then."

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It's a lot of sense from Wright - the only issue is if that's realistic. Managers aren't given a lot of times these days, especially if the club is already below their expectations like Arsenal have been over the past two years.

But this is something that many Arsenal fans have wanted for a while. The change is here but it'll take a little while before it's complete.

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Ian Wright
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Sokratis Papastathopoulos
Unai Emery
Stephan Lichtsteiner
Arsene Wenger
Premier League
Petr Cech

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