We’re all looking forward to seeing what’s going to happen in the 2018/19 season for Arsenal Football Club, and while some are dreading what’s to come given the uncertainty of the situation, there’s no real reason to be worried. Sure, things may not necessarily be an instant success under the leadership of Unai Emery, but this is going to be a process. Arsenal fans can’t expect things to change overnight, and because of that, we need to start thinking about what the priority is going to be for Emery’s first season in charge.
Jack Wilshere has a love/hate relationship with most football fans, and that’s understandable given the trajectory of his career thus far. He was pinpointed as a future leader for the England national team courtesy of how impressive he was as a youngster, and he managed to rise up through the ranks of the Arsenal team quicker than anyone could’ve anticipated. Obviously, his antics off the pitch haven’t been great, and he’s certainly rubbed some people the wrong way, but his omission from the England squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup still wasn’t particularly well received.
It’s time to take another trip down memory lane, and this time, we’re looking at something a little bit more positive – which is nice, seeing as things are also going quite well for the Gunners in the present day. Three years ago, Arsenal defeated West Bromwich Albion 4-1 in a convincing final day performance to ensure that they would automatically qualify for the UEFA Champions League group stages, as opposed to going through the playoff round.
As we all know, Arsenal confirmed that Unai Emery as their new head coach earlier today. The Spaniard has signed a two-year-deal with the north London outfit.
Emery only emerged as a candidate for the job on Monday, when reportedly Mikel Arteta decided he did not want the job due to transfer restraints. The Gunners have acted quickly to get their man though and he will be managing the team next season.
Can work on a budget
Media reports suggest that the new Arsenal boss will have just £50million to spend this summer, which by Premier League standards is chicken feed. However, the new boss will also be able to spend any money recouped from the sale of players this summer.
It’s time to take yet another trip down memory lane, and while this one is certainly dramatic, it won’t bring back the fondest of memories for Arsenal fans. Seven years ago today, the Gunners drew 2-2 with Fulham in a game which ensured that they would be finishing in fourth position to conclude their Premier League campaign. While some may see that as a positive, especially considering how the last few years have gone for them, it was still a disappointing result as they were unable to jump into the top three which would’ve given them an automatic passage into the UEFA Champions League for the following season.
As reported by Mirror, it seems as if Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere are destined to be at the Emirates with Arsenal next season. Mikel is far and away the favourite to take over as manager in the wake of Arsene Wenger’s departure, whereas Wilshere’s ongoing contract situation finally seems to be sorting itself out as he prepares to sign on the dotted line of a new three-year deal.
We’re back for yet another trip down memory lane, and once again, it’s time to look back on another edition of St Totteringham’s Day! Yes, that’s right, five years ago today, Arsenal fans all around the world were celebrating the fact that they’d pipped bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur to fourth spot which ensured they would be playing in the UEFA Champions League for another year.
As sound as that may sound, by 2013, any realistic hopes of Arsenal crashing the title race picture had pretty much been and gone. Because of that, qualifying for the UCL was considered to be the bare minimum that Arsene Wenger should’ve been achieving, and he did so after masterminding a narrow 1-0 victory over Newcastle United.
Mikel Arteta is considered to be the frontrunner to become the new Arsenal manager, and isn’t that sentence just a little bit strange? Seriously, doesn’t it just feel a bit odd? After all, the guy is still in his mid-30s, and he was playing for the Gunners as recently as 2016. Plus, his only real form of managerial experience comes as an assistant gaffer to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City – which is a role he’s been in for less than two years.
For years now Aaron Ramsey has been a hot and cold member of the Arsenal first team, in that he has spells of success before stretches which make many fans wonder why he’s there in the first place. Still, it feels like he’s been around at the Emirates for as long as we can remember, and if the 27-year-old were to leave the club, it would certainly leave a void.
We’re back for yet another trip down memory lane, and this one comes from a game that took place three years ago. It was Arsenal vs Manchester United in a clash that was set to provide some clarity on who would end up finishing 3rd in the Premier League, and thankfully for the Gunners, they were able to ‘hold serve’ so to speak by picking up a 1-1 draw against The Red Devils at Old Trafford.