Arsenal are no different under Unai Emery than in Arsene Wenger’s final years as manager of the club.
That is the damning verdict of Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher, who says he is bored of seeing the same things happening time and time again at the club.
The Gunners missed out on the chance to go third in the Premier League on Monday night after losing 1-0 to Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.
Emery’s side failed to create many clear chances and again looked shaky at the back, allowing the Blades to net the only goal of the game from a corner.
Arsenal were branded pushovers in Wenger’s final years as manager and became too easy to play against.
While they still played good football, time and time again they were found out by the better teams in the Premier League and in Europe.
And Carragher insists he is seeing the same traits since Emery replaced the Frenchman last summer.
“Sheffield United were absolutely brilliant tonight but I actually feared for Arsenal before kick-off,” he told Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football.
“I thought it would be a tough one for them, considering how Sheffield United performed against Liverpool.
“How often I’ve done this show over the last five or six years and I’m saying the same thing. Nothing is different under Unai Emery.
“I’ve said it before, I don’t see anything different from when Arsene Wenger was there at the end. In fact, it actually looks worse.
“I always think a manager in his first season is getting to know his players and the league and it’s still early in his second season, but I think we are just getting to that stage now in the next months, six weeks, then we get towards Christmas where you start actually thinking, ‘is Emery the man to go into a third season?’
“What has changed? Nothing has changed.”
In his first season in charge of Arsenal, Emery almost helped the club qualify for the Champions League but just missed out.
A fifth place finish in the Premier League was compounded by a loss to Chelsea in the Europa League final.
Many are now expecting more from the former Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain boss with him having had another transfer window to work with.