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O'Leary tells Arsenal fans: Sixth a good finish

Arsenal hero David O'Leary has urged fans to ease their expectations this season.

O'Leary believes if Arsenal can finish higher than sixth that will be a success for manager Unai Emery.

"It is really early days," said O'Leary. "I think he has a hard job. I don't think it is a case of "change of manger, here we go". Arsenal finished sixth last season and sixth was the right place.

"My question now is - the five ahead of them... Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham. City and United are what they are. Chelsea have started great. I saw them play against Arsenal in Dublin and I was impressed with them.

"And I can understand the transfer policy at Tottenham. If you have a really good team, it is very hard to say, for instance, go and get another centre forward. If I am a centre forward, do I really want to go somewhere where I am behind Harry Kane?

"It wasn't a fluke we finished sixth last season. I think: 'Have we got better than the five ahead of us?' I don't think so yet. If we finish higher than sixth, I believe we have done well.

"There will be no-one like Arsene or Alex Ferguson any more. That's gone. Twenty two years at a club as a manager is an amazing achievement. It will never happen again."

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