A Summer of hope and rebuilding under Unai Emery has been deeply impacted this week by both on the field and off field trouble. The news of Kroenke's takeover is unappealing to Arsenal supporters however unavoidable and the defeat to City pushed many back to reality. Although this is not a polished Arsenal team, Emery is certainly a work in progress which could culminate in a replication of Guardiola's success in the 2019/2020 Premier league Season.
Unai Emery has a remarkable reputation and is regarded as one of Europe's most successful managers. Some may say that he is yet to prove that he can be a winner In a difficult league after failing to win a league title in La Liga albeit whilst in charge of Sevilla and Valencia, neither juggernauts in a league overflowing with world class talent. Thus it is expected that Emery delivers a trophy for Arsenal during his tenure, preferably this would be a Premier League title however continental success would also be accepted by the fans considering the difficulty of the Premier League and the lack of financial support that billionaire owner Stan Kroenke is willing to offer. This is a dark time at Arsenal as we begin our resurgence back towards the top of the English football pyramid.
The early signs indicate that Emery has the ability to coach these Arsenal players to unlock the full potential as Arsene Wenger described in his final press conference last season. This group of players is surely transitional as the amount of transfer outgoings and incomings have highlighted. Emery can develop the Arsenal stars of today and the arsenal stars of tomorrow as the prospect of Emile Smith Rowe emphasises during pre-season. Not only did Emery give the young guns a chance, he showed a commitment towards developing the footballers into first team regulars. Furthermore, the rise of Reiss Nelson and acquisition of 19 year old Matteo Guendouzi equally supports this argument.
Emery needs to continue the work of Arsene Wenger through a commitment to trusting young players and installing his own Philosophy onto the club. Gary Neville today stated that '[Emery] going to need three or four transfer windows', a statement I wholeheartedly disagree on. Unai Emery needs one good summer next year of a targeted marquee signings to supplement the wealth of talent at his disposal. Arsenal currently has some of the most dangerous attacking options in the league while Lacazette started on the bench today he is showing the early signs of a striker willing to avenge his disappointing World cup omission.
Currently my strongest XI would involve: leno, Lichsteiner, Koscielny, Sokratis, Monreal, Torreira, Ramsey, Guendouzi/Xhaka, Ozil Aubameyang, Lacazette (4-3-3). even a strong bench comprising of: Mkhitarayan, Cech, Holding, Mavropanos, Welbeck, Iwobi, AMN, Smith Rowe, Nelson, Kolasinac, Mustafi, Bellerin.
On paper Arsenal have a very strong starting 11 with a wealth of attacking options which is why four transfer windows is unnecessary and Emery should seek to achieve domestic league success in his second season to replicate the success of his counterpart from todays match in Guardiola. the problems remain in the heart of the defence as a quick strong imposing centre half is needed, although I would personally love to see Konstantinos Mavropanos involved after his suspension ends as he showed serious quality in his brief performances at the end of the season. Potentially targeting a koulibally would go a long way in solving these issues. A left back is also required as Monreal is no spring chicken anymore thus it is essential that this area is addressed in the summer so that Arsenal can avoid the persistent troubles that were present down Arsenal's left wing for the past few seasons. shrewd transfer business will take Emery along way as it is a necessary evil required to compete at the highest level amongst the big spenders of Manchester, Chelsea and now Liverpool. Spurs have indicated that they are willing to sacrifice being competitive in order to develop their own club.
Therefore, a new dawn and a new era for Arsenal brings hope for the future. I am not saying Arsenal will win the Premier League in 2019/2020, however I do anticipate a rigid a strong challenge for the coveted first league title in 16 years. Emery has the qualities as a coach to introduce passion, intensity and tactical creativity which will develop the existing group into challengers however the key aspect of this resurgence depends upon the recruitment adventures of Mislintat and Sanellhi in the 2019 summer transfer window. Arsenal are a massive club and it is painful to see us written off for a champions league place by nearly all BBC and Sky pundits, I don't count Mark Lawrenson as a pundit, but I believe despite the disappointing start to Unai Emery's Arsenal Adventure, success is on the horizon... as we begin the next chapter under Unai Emery.