Arsenal are set to ‘suffer’ in the coming months under new boss Unai Emery, according to Alan Shearer.
Emery only replaced Arsene Wenger in the Gunners hot seat in the summer but he’s still looking for his first Premier League point.
Arsenal were beaten 2-0 by Manchester City in their opening game of the season before losing to Chelsea 3-2 on Saturday at Stamford Bridge.
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Wenger had spent 22 years in charge and Shearer says it is going to take time for Emery to step out of his predecessor’s shadow.
The Premier League’s record goalscorer told the Sun, “It is going to be hugely difficult for Unai Emery to get rid of the scent of Arsene Wenger.
“Wenger’s stamp is all over that football club – in and around the training ground, in and around the Emirates and it is very difficult for any manager to follow someone who has been at a club for so many years.
“Just look at David Moyes when he followed Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.
“You cannot expect a guy to be in a club for six weeks and miraculously turn it around and for everything to be rosy again straight away.
“Arsenal are going to have to suffer for a while and, like it or not, they are going to have to be patient.
“He will probably need 18 months and three transfer windows to get rid of Wenger’s shadow.
“And you can only really start to judge him after that. Right now, though, it just looks like the same old Arsenal.”
Arsenal will hope to kick-start their season when West Ham make the short trip to north London with both sides desperate for their first point of the season.