Charlie Nicholas says Arsenal should be “seriously worrying” about their upcoming trip to Leicester.
Unai Emery will begin preparing his side for the trip to the King Power Stadium to face a in-form Brendan Rodgers side.
The Foxes are sitting pretty in the top four, six points ahead of Arsenal.
The pressure is growing on Spanish coach Emery and Nicholas, who played over 180 games for the Gunners, is concerned his old side’s defensive frailties will be ruthlessly exposed by free-scoring Leicester.
“It’s seriously worrying,” Nicholas told Sky Sports News. “They’ve got Leicester on Saturday evening and at the moment it looks like they could blow them away.
“Arsenal fans have travelled and watched another basic performance. I like the manager a lot but I said the same with Arsene Wenger: things have to change. He [Emery] has to be stronger and sort these problems out.
“Arsenal have lost the urgency to go and win football matches. The defensive frailties have been there for 18 months, if not longer, and things need to get sorted now. Arsenal fans are starting to get pretty fed up.”
Arsenal have won just once in their previous six matches and could be nine points adrift of Leicester if they suffer defeat on Saturday (17:30).
Nicholas says Emery could be sacked if they succumb to the 2015/16 Premier League champions.
Nicholas added: “I think the fans are starting to turn. They are asking the same thing as I am: where is the improvement and what is the difference [to Wenger]? What is Arsenal’s personality?
“So yes, take it game by game, but if they are to lose to Leicester, the manager will come under serious, serious scrutiny.”