For anybody who has seen Arsenal play in the last season or two, or even longer than that, it has been impossible not to perceive where the main problems lie, as well as the place where only a tweak or two would do just fine. Going forward, there is very little you could pinpoint as wrong, especially in the Premier League towards the end of the season with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on great form since his arrival from Borussia Dortmund.
In the last few seasons, Arsenal seems to be slipping more and more behind the teams occupying the Champions League spots. For two decades, the team from north London were ensconced in those top-four positions.
However, standards have slipped dramatically at Arsenal in recent years, while their rivals have improved, mostly down to spending big on quality players.
Arsenal not spending big this summer
Arsenal have not spent money in the same dramatic fashion as some of their rivals in recent years. When the Gunners have spent big in the transfer market it has produced mixed results, German centre-back Shkodran Mustafi being the perfect example of the bad and Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang the good.
While Arsenal may be going in search of new players to try and take the club to the next level, people are quick to forget that they have a series of high profile stars already that are more than good enough to do some great things with the Gunners. Mkhitaryan, Wilshere, Lacazette & Aubameyang are just a handful of the examples that come to mind, however, the latter of those four seems to believe that Arsenal need to add one more big weapon to their attacking force.
Apparently, Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has liked a Tweet linking Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele with a £87million move to the Gunners.
The Gabon international is a regular on Twitter and caused quite a stir on a number of occasions with his activity. While it is nice that the striker likes the thought of his former teammate joining the Gunners, it looks highly unlikely.
Arsenal reportedly have a limited budget
Reports coming out of Arsenal suggest that the club are only likely to spend around £50million, plus player sales this summer. With defensive reinforcements the priority, it seems unlikely the Gunners can sign enough defensive quality and Dembele, even if they do manage to offload some players.
Aaron Ramsey has dropped a huge hint about his future by saying Arsenal are about to enter some exciting times. His opinion was expressed regarding the appointment of Unai Emery to the manager post vacated by Arsene Wenger after 22 years in charge.
The midfielder spoke after the game his national team Wales drew 0-0 with Mexico. He revealed that he had’t yet spoken to the newly appointed manager, but that exciting times are set to start for Arsenal and that he couldn’t wait to get back there and start working with Emery.
As you probably know well by now, Arsenal are set to name Unai Emery as their new manager; Mikel Arteta has pulled out of the race. A graphic with a quote “proud to be part of the Arsenal family” had appeared on his own website but it has been removed since.
It will certainly be interesting to see how the Spaniard (well, Basque actually) deals with the challenges and copes with the pressure of the job after Arsene Wenger’s departure.
Emery failed to deliver European success at Paris Saint-Germain, but that should not eclipse the fact that he won the Europa League with Sevilla three times in a row.
While the season may be over with the World Cup still being a few weeks away, there’s still plenty to discuss in the world of Arsenal Football Club. With players set to come and players set to leave, it’s always interesting to see some of the media’s biggest reactions in the wake of the campaign coming to an end. In this instance, as reported by Metro, we’re looking into some comments made recently by Charlie Nicholas.
The former Arsenal star had some harsh words for Arsene Wenger, claiming that he hasn’t been showing Alexandre Lacazette enough respect.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang expressed his belief the future of Arsenal looks bright, according to Sky Sports.
The team bid their final farewell to the 22-year-long period of Arsene Wenger in the manager’s seat with a minimal away win against Huddersfield Town on Sunday, and Aubameyang scored the winning goal in the 38th minute. Now, the players and the fans alike face an anxious wait to discover the name of the future boss.
While it’s been official for the last few weeks, now, nobody can deny it – Arsene Wenger is no longer the manager of Arsenal Football Club (or at least, he won’t be in a few days time in an official capacity). The Frenchman has spent 22 long years in North London with the Gunners, and he managed to conclude his tenure in a familiar fashion: by picking up three points.
While we are unsure of who the next Arsenal boss will be, surely the next man in the Gunners dugout can harness the partnership between forwards Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
When I say partnership, it is not so much a partnership, as the pair do not start up front together. The idea is playing Aubameyang out wide and Lacazette up front. Both players are comfortable and productive in the positions.
Aubameyang considered a replacement for Lacazette
When Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang arrived at Arsenal in January after a fruitful spell at Dortmund, many thought that the Gabon international was arriving to replace Lacazette, who in all honesty has enjoyed a decent first season in the English top-flight.