LAHORE: For many years now Arsenal fans have been beating the dead horse of blaming their manager, but with Arsène Wenger finally out of the hot seat and Unai Emery as manager, there are great changes in motion at the Emirates. Shkodran Mustafi was supposed to be the big money signing who would end Arsenal’s defensive vows for good, but he proved to be another miss for Wenger in the transfer market and the last straw, pushing The Professor to leave the club he brought to the forefront of English Football.
But with the past behind and a new Arsenal ready to take on the premier league next season, Arsenal fans can dare to dream. Unai Emery seems to know his way around the transfer market with the most expensive signing of all time already under his belt, from the looks of the club’s business so far in the market one can assume Unai Emery knows Arsenal’s weaknesses and is intent on addressing them. New signings of Bernd Leno, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, and Stephan Lichtsteiner improves Emery’s arsenal of defensive options. Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira has also confirmed his move to the Red Half of North London. These coupled with the the big name signings of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexander Lacazette, reminds the Arsenal faithful of the days of the Invincibles.
The restructure of the Arsenal recruiting system is welcome and long overdue. Where Arsene Wenger dithered over new signings head of recruiting Sven Mislintat, contract negotiator Huss Fahmy and head of football relations Raul Sanllehi deliver. An exciting new era is upon us pic.twitter.com/j7IbYMQyRi
— Layth (@laythy29) July 2, 2018
This is not to say that it is all sunshine and rainbows for the Gunners with some fans still not convinced about Unai Emery and his drastic overhaul of the Arsenal system claiming that it is not the way forward. Among the critics, former Arsenal legend Jens Lehman, who had this to say
Dear #Arsenal Fans , I am sorry to leave the club after only one year again. It was a good experience working with the players as one of the assistant-coaches. But the attitude from our 2004-group is not needed there anymore.
— Jens Lehmann (@jenslehmann) June 19, 2018
With the new season fast on it’s way, Arsenal fans will be hoping to build on the previous season’s lackluster performances. Only time will tell whether or not Unai Emery’s overhaul will succeed.