The Unai Emery era is upon us and he enters an Emirates Stadium at a level of toxicity and deplorability that it makes a meeting between Donald Trump & Kim Jong Un look like child’s play. Past events have shattered the club’s once proud reputation. An inconsistent and outdated manager, once perceived as a god, ousted by fans at the end of their wit. Recent performances from a below-average team have resulted in the club’s dethroning as North London’s elite power. While the club will now play Europa League football for the second year running.
However, with the new managerial appointment of Unai Emery, Arsenal fans have dared to dream once more. The Spaniard has brought with him a host of changes to the club: most notably a complete clear-out of Arsenal’s backroom staff. Fellow Gooners may feel a little apprehensive, change is not something they have been used to for the last 22 years. But Emery’s player acquisition over the Summer has made for promising signs. So with the wheels of change now fully in motion, we look at how the new boss can improve his current Arsenal squad…
Arsenal has lacked a real potent threat up-front for a number of seasons. A fan favourite, Olivier Giroud, failed to make an impact in the big games and Arsenal’s record signing, Alexandre Lacazette, looked devoid of all confidence last season. With the recent purchase of Aubameyang from Dortmund last January, Arsenal fans have reclaimed a voice in the conversation of the leagues most coveted striker.
With the recent purchase of Aubameyang from Dortmund last January, Arsenal fans have reclaimed a voice in the conversation of the leagues most coveted striker.
The Gabonese striker has been the most popular pick for top scorer in this year’s Premier League and judging by his tally for last season, its no wonder why. The striker bagged 10 goals and 4 assist in 14 games and will be looking pick up where he left off last May. Although Emery rarely insists on two up front, the signs have been promising with Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette linking up well when they have played together. The Spanish manager will have to find a system that works best for his talisman.
The German playmaker has been a figure of controversy over recent weeks with his shock decision to retire from International football due to an internal race row between himself, the German FA & the Turkish government. However, the German’s decision to cut his summer short and rejoin the team’s pre-season preparations in Singapore proved music to the ears of many Arsenal fans.
With certified pace and power in the form of Aubameyang and Lacazette, Ozil will have no excuses this season.
This season Ozil will have a wealth of attacking options available to unleash against Premier League opposition- something he has been starved of during his time in North London. With certified pace and power in the form of Aubameyang and Lacazette, Ozil will have no excuses this season. Operating in just behind a front three or as a free-roaming left-sided attacker, Ozil will be looking for an incisive link-up with Aubameyang and Ramsey, as Arsenal aim to get back into the top 4.
Finally, Arsenal has acquired a player they have been desperate for over the last 10 years. A vicious and tackle hungry CDM. One of Wenger’s biggest criticisms was never replacing Gilberto Silva with a like-for-like match, a player not afraid to do the dirty work and cover the hard yards. With Lucas Torreira, Arsenal may have found the missing component to their frail defence.
Finally, Arsenal has acquired a player they have been desperate for over the last 10 years. A vicious and tackle hungry CDM
Torreira captured the essence of Uruguian football at the World Cup this summer. No nonsense defending and an impressive marshalling of the back 4. Arsenal has been subject to countless counter-attack; a shaky back 4 made to look utterly hopeless thanks to the lack-lustre efforts of Granit Xhaka – a player clearly unable to play the role of a defensive midfielder. In recent years, Arenal’s marquee performances have come off the back of solid defensive performances while hitting teams on the break. The Uruguayan racked up the most tackles and interceptions in Serie A over the past two seasons and will compliment Arsenal and Emery’s desire for a quick switch from defence to attack.