Ray Parlour believes his former club Arsenal need as big a makeover this summer as struggling Manchester United.
The Gunners’ top-four hopes were dented yet against at the hands of Wolves to add to Sunday’s misery as they suffered a shock 3-2 defeat at home to Crystal Palace.
Just hours earlier, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United were beaten 4-0 by Everton as the Red Devils’ poor form continued.
Much has been made of the job Solskjaer has in front of him, with United preparing to strengthen his squad substantially during the upcoming summer transfer window.
And Parlour says the same can be said of Arsenal manager Emery, who will aim to secure a number of signings this summer after a quiet January transfer window.
‘This was always going to be a big test for Emery this season,’ Parlour told talkSPORT.
‘I said at the start of the season if they get fourth place it would be a brilliant season for Arsenal.
‘He’s still finding out his squad and the transfer window is going to be very interesting to see what he does, whether he moves any players out and brings more in.
‘As much as Manchester United need a big clear out, Arsenal probably do as well.’
Defeat to Crystal Palace, now safe for another Premier League campaign, ended a run of ten straight league home victories for Emery’s Arsenal.
But Parlour refused to point the finger at Emery and said he deserves praise for his first season in north London.
He added: ‘After seeing Manchester United and Spurs lose, it was a really good opportunity at home.
‘Arsenal have had a great record at the Emirates this year – they have only lost to Manchester City in the top six, have drawn with Liverpool and haven beat Man United, Spurs and Chelsea.
‘So you would have fancied them, I didn’t see five goals in the game. ‘The team selection was very strange. They’d just come off the Napoli win and you’re thinking,
‘let’s kick on now, there’s only four games left, play your strongest team’, but he didn’t. ‘There were a few mistakes from the manager, but you can’t knock him because he’s done a wonderful job so far.’