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Five things Unai Emery MUST do at Arsenal this summer

  • Unai Emery will take over from Arsene Wenger at the Emirates Stadium
  • He inherits a side who finished 6th in the Premier League last season
  • What does he need to do to improve things for the 2018/2019 campaign?

After being officially announced as Arsenal manager, here’s five things Unai Emery must do to improve the state of affairs at the Emirates Stadium heading into the 2018/19 Premier League season.


1. Buy a new goalkeeper

It is shocking to say, but Arsenal need exactly what they needed this time four years ago -- a fresh spine of the team. Petr Cech temporarily fixed their issue in goal, yet the 36-year-old struggled in what was perhaps his worst season in the Premier League, finishing the campaign by conceding 48 goals in 34 games. While the defence must shoulder some of the blame, Cech played his own part in their struggles having made six errors leading to an opposition goal -- more than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues.

2. Buy a new centre-back - or two

Laurent Koscielny’s achilles problems look set to plague him for the remainder of his career and, with the Frenchman out until November, the club can’t go into the new season with the sole options of Shkodran Mustafi, Calum Chambers, Rob Holding and Konstantinos Mavropanos. Mustafi has struggled to settle at the Emirates Stadium so far, while the other trio are far too inexperienced. Sokratis has been singled out as a potential new arrival and join former Dortmund teammates Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Arsenal.

3. Buy a defensive midfielder

Arsenal have tried and failed to find a dominant, consistent holding midfielder in recent years, with Francis Coquelin, Mohamed Elneny and Granit Xhaka all struggling to nail down the position and make it their own. Steven N’Zonzi developed into a top player under the guidance of Emery at Sevilla and has previously attracted interest from Arsenal, while Jean-Michel Seri is another potential target.

4. Be more demanding of the players

Looking at the squad Emery will inherit from Wenger, it’s clear to see the Frenchman didn’t get enough out of the talent within the squad and Emery will be demanded to extract more from his squad. One of the main criticisms of Wenger’s final years at Arsenal was that the players were far too comfortable at the club under him and weren’t pushed hard enough. A lack of intensive coaching and work on the training ground was also highlighted and Emery needs to change the culture of the club from one of comfort to ferocity and competition.

5. Establish a winning mentality

The first few weeks of pre-season will be vital in Emery’s reign at Arsenal, as he looks to show that times have changed at the club. The club will compete in the International Champions Cup during pre-season, facing Atletico Madrid, PSG and Chelsea and although the main objective of the summer is to regain fitness and sharpness ahead of the new season, victories against some top sides will only help build confidence. It also gives Emery the chance to establish his style of football amongst the squad, as well as identify the strengths and weaknesses of the squad against top quality opponents.

Read More: #TeamFT Opinion: Emery to Arsenal is a calculated, sensible appointment 

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