New defensive Arsenal need a ‘miracle’ to win the Premier League, says Kanu

Arsenal manager Unai Emery needs a ‘miracle’ if he is to guide the Gunners to the Premier League title in his first season in charge, according to former striker Kanu.

The ex-Nigeria and Arsenal forward finds it hard to see how Emery can catapult Arsenal from sixth to first in his first campaign after replacing Arsene Wenger in the Emirates Stadium hot seat. ‘If it happens and they win the league, it’s a miracle,’ Kanu told BBC Sport.

He believes while the league title may be out of reach, Emery should do everything he can to pick up another form of silverware over the course of the season. ‘For the new manager, it’s going to be a very big challenge; the fans want them to perform in the league in his first year, which is always difficult for a new coach,’ Kanu added.

‘It’s a very big club – coming into a big club you need a trophy, so if you don’t win the league, you need to win the others. It’s hard, but that’s what you expect of a coach of that stature and a big club.’ Emery has been busy in the transfer market, so far adding Uruguay international Lucas Torreira for £26m, along with goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen, defenders Stephan Lichtsteiner from Juventus and Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund, as well as 19-year-old midfielder Matteo Guendouzi from Lorient.

‘He’s been signing new, good players. They’re more defensive and not allowing goals, which is good,’ Kanu continued. ‘They have to know how to win games, even if it’s 1-0. All they need is the three points.’

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