Charlie Nicholas slams Unai Emery for starting ‘terrified and shocking’ Arsenal duo

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Charlie Nicholas has branded Calum Chambers’ inclusion in the Arsenal side as ‘utterly wrong’ and reiterated his plea to Unai Emery to drop Matteo Guendouzi.

Calls for Emery’s sacking are growing among Arsenal fans after the 2-0 defeat to Leicester City left the Gunners eight points adrift of a Champions League spot.

Arsenal’s defence has struggled for consistency this season and Nicholas warned Emery a host of his regular starters, including a ‘terrified’ Rob Holding, weren’t up to the challenge.

‘He is asking for time, but will he get the 18 months that takes him to the end of next season?’ Nicholas told Sky Sports.

‘There are plenty of Arsenal fans wanting Emery to go now, but reports suggest the club’s hierarchy are going to stick with the Spaniard for the time being.

‘However, if things don’t turn around quickly, it may go down the line of Emery losing his job.

‘Come January when the transfer window opens, the Arsenal board will say they have no money, but they need money for defenders.

‘It’s either that, or you need to get rid of the dead wood. They got rid of plenty in the summer but in my opinion there’s more to go.

‘Calum Chambers has been in and out of the club in recent season, but now he is a regular full-back, and that is wrong – completely and utterly wrong.

‘Rob Holding looks terrified when he gets the ball, David Luiz looks comfortable with ball but uncomfortable without it and yet we still insist on playing out from the back.

 ‘I like Mateo Guendouzi but he is having an absolute shocker.

‘He hasn’t earned the right to get in the team and if that means that some of these youngsters come on and play well, then they stay in the team, which is what competitive edge means.’ Arsenal’s top brass have refused to give into calls to sack Emery and head of football Raul Sanllehi even publicly backed the Gunners manager on Monday.

With the two-week international break now underway, Arsenal do not play again until 23 November when they welcome Southampton to the Emirates.

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