Ok, he may not have been the first choice name on the lips of the majority of Arsenal fans, but Unai Emery has begun to make supporters believe that the club can return to the top.
Although his English still needs a bit of work, it’s clear that the Spaniard is not about to consider failure as an option and he has spoken with passion regarding his vision for Arsenal football club.
It’s not going to happen overnight but the coach has injected optimism into the proceedings and with his recent additions. It appears, to even the most jaded fan that the former PSG manager has no intention of starting his first Premier League campaign on the back foot.
The purchases so far have been solid with the additions of Leno and Lichtsteiner but it’s the signing of Sokratis and the sublime Torreira that are increasing the belief in the direction in which the club are heading in.
If you’ve been living in a cave for the last few weeks , you may not have been privileged enough to have witnessed Lucas Torreira’s outstanding performances for Uruguay. The diminutive midfielder has shown an appetite for the game which has been lacking in the holding midfielder role for many years at Arsenal. He is relentless in pursuit of a lost ball and proved to be a thorn of misery in the life of Ronaldo.
Nipping at the heels, smothering opportunities, constantly breaking up play and clearing the lines. If this deal is concluded, Emery has pulled of a stroke of genius and at only 22 years of age, there is so much more to come. After his recent performances, I wouldn’t rule out a rival bid and it may take much more than the suggested £25/26 million to get the deal over the line.
So , what’s next? A new midfielder to replace Cazorla and Wilshere and you can take your pick of the names in the media, but Benaga is still high on the list of candidates. Emery is also keen on another centre back due to Laurent Koscielny’s longterm injury, to provide cover and increase the competition.
Again , there have been a host of names in the mix, but I suspect that Emery and Mislintat are currently looking at individual World Cup performances to evaluate others.T he media’s projected spend for Arsenal of £50 million, now seems to be a fanciful figure, with the prospective purchases of those that are said to be of interest and those deals already secured. Arsenal fans have ever right to feel excited and look forward to the new season.
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