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MARTIN SAMUEL: Unai Emery shot par as Arsenal manager but the problem is Arsene Wenger shot birdies

Arsenal have a Champions League front two, a mid-table midfield and a defence that could get any manager the sack and a lesser club relegated.

With this combination, they are where they deserve to be in the Premier League right now. This isn’t an elite club in any aspect, bar historic size and reputation.

Unai Emery didn’t do a good job as Arsene Wenger‘s successor, but nor did he do a wholly dismal one.

Unai Emery was sacked as Arsenal manager on Friday following a dismal run of results

He took Arsenal to a European final and to within two points of third place last season. They will qualify for the Europa League knockout stages in the current campaign, providing they do not go down by a five-goal margin to Standard Liege in the last group game. And while Arsenal are eight points off the top four, they are a point behind fifth-placed Wolves.

Which is about right. That is Arsenal’s level. When a smaller club fall away we hear a lot about how their fans should be realistic and accept their status. Newcastle supporters are told it all the time; so too the followers of West Ham, Southampton, Everton, Aston Villa. These are the also-rans. They should know their place.

Well, the…