Solid Potential For Unai Emery’s Arsenal This Season5 min read
With two weeks gone in the Premier League, Arsenal fans can be delighted with how their side have overcome potential banana skins in Newcastle United and Burnley.
For the first time in a decade, the Gunners, led by Unai Emery, have won their first two Premier League matches, which has been a cause for celebration. For one reason or another, Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal, towards the end of the Frenchman’s tenure, were sloppy and lackadaisical at the start of their campaigns, always having to play catch-up to their competitors.
At the start of the transfer window with a rumoured figure of £50 million to spend in the market, Arsenal pulled off a summer that Gunners fans will remember for a long time.
In came Nicolas Pepe, David Luiz, Dani Ceballos and Kieran Tierney to find their places in the starting 11 from the start, as well as a young prospect in Gabriel Martinelli, who should grow into a very useful striker, and William Saliba who has been left on-loan at Saint-Etienne to continue his development.
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While Arsenal fans need to remain calm and grounded, this season presents itself with a number of opportunities for Emery’s side that could turn out to be a great success. While their defence is not perfect, the arrivals of Luiz and Tierney are going to reduce the stress at the back for the time being.
Hector Bellerin has been in and out of the side through injury, but if the Spain international can get back on the pitch on a regular basis, Arsenal’s defence looks a lot stronger than anticipated coming into the season. Bernd Leno might not be a top-tier goalkeeper yet, but he has shown glimpses of being able to perform to a high enough standard to keep Arsenal in the game.
Looking at Arsenal’s midfield, Ceballos immediately stands out. With his two assists against Burnley, the Gunners will already be hoping that the management behind the scenes can turn this loan into a permanent transfer come next summer.
The Spaniard adds flair that had been missing from the midfield since Santi Cazorla’s departure, and will provide some much going forward for Arsenal’s potent attack.
And talking of that attack, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Pepe, Arsenal have arguably one of the most ferocious front lines in European football. Emery’s task will be to get all three in a starting 11 that is efficient and balanced, but on paper, the Gunners pose an arsenal of attacking talent that is ready to hurt their opposition.
No one truly expects Arsenal to be challenging for the Premier League when fixtures come thick and fast, but a top four finish is a genuine reality with Manchester United and Chelsea having their own struggles on and off the pitch. A run in the FA Cup or EFL Cup should be a given and taken seriously, as well as attempting to go one better and win the Europa League this season.
The Gunners have patched up their wounds from last season with some extremely exciting players that will give the team a much-needed boost. With Emery adapting and his players becoming more in tune with what he is attempting to do, this season could be one to launch Arsenal back in contention.