Arsenal seem to be moving in a more positive direction under Spanish Unai Emery. The atmosphere has certainly changed since the summer exit of veteran boss Arsene Wenger.
Summer signings have enjoyed mixed results
The positive changes have been down to Emery adding fresh ideas, as it certainly is not down to the clubs summer signings. It would be fair to say that the summer signings have produced mixed results.
Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira looks to be a bargain, while young French midfielder Mateo Guendouzi is showing promise. However, the jury is still very still out on centre-back Sokratis and goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
At the moment, it would be hard to say that they were an improvement on what the Gunners already had in their squad. Both have had their good and bad moments. Stephan Lichtsteiner has not featured much, as expected he has played a back-up role for the team from north London.
Defence needs improving
Arsenal’s defence currently looks like the weakest area of the team. The Gunners backline has been shaky for a good while and surely the defence has to be the area of the team that is the priority for improvement in the next few windows.
Arguably, Rob Holding prior to his injury was Arsenal’s best defender this season. The Gunners defensive options are currently not great. Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi are inconsistent, while Laurent Koscielny has been a great servant to the club, he is now in the twilight of his career.
It is clear that Arsenal need to make quality additions to the shaky backline. The big question is will the Gunners hierarchy back Emery with the funds needed to bring quality additions in the near future?
If the summer transfer window was anything to go by then it seems unlikely the Spaniard will receive any big financial backing in the near future.
Could make the top-four without additions
Arsenal are in a decent position in the table, fifth place just two points behind fourth-place Chelsea. The Gunners are odds of 10/3 to clinch a top-four spot this season. They are certainly not out of the race for the top four by any means.
However, a few quality additions would no doubt aid the team’s chances of making the top four this season. It seems doubtful that the Gunners will bring in many if any quality signings in the January transfer window.
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