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Ray Parlour is confident Arsenal will resist the urge to sack Unai Emery before the end of the season, even if they lose against Leicester in tomorrow’s potentially decisive Premier League clash.
The Spaniard missed out on the top four last term following a late season collapse and saw his side crushed 4-1 by Chelsea in the final of the Europa League.
With just four wins from 11 games at the start of the current campaign, Emery is now facing a fight to save his job ahead of Saturday’s visit to the King Power where a defeat could leave the Gunners nine points adrift of the top four pace.
Reports earlier this week claim the dressing room has been split by Emery’s handling of the Granit Xhaka captaincy situation, but despite the problems stacking up Parlour believes his old club will give the Spaniard time to turn things around. ‘I think they will stick with Emery for now [until the end of the season] I really do,’ he told talkSPORT.
‘They are going to give him an opportunity. They’re still in the Europa League they’ll look at that. ‘They got to the final last year.
If they don’t make the Champions League then I don’t think his future is at Arsenal. ‘That’s the biggest question mark whether they can or not. The way they are playing at the moment they are nowhere near the top four.
‘But they have to improve, he knows that. Defensively they’ve got to improve. ‘How many times have they gone in front and then suddenly they give an opportunity away? We’ve sen it in so many games.’