It’s been a few months now since Arsene Wenger left his position as the manager of Arsenal Football Club and whilst we’ve had hints here and there, we probably won’t get confirmation as to whether or not he was forced out or went on his own terms for quite some time. Still, it’s interesting to speculate over it, and one thing we’d also like to know is whether or not Arsene has any real views on the situation at the club right now.
Obviously, Arsenal suffering a 2-0 defeat home on the opening day of the Premier League campaign is the ideal start to a campaign for the Gunners. However, the defeat must be put into perspective.
Arsenal were playing against arguably one of the best football teams that has ever graced the Premier League in Pep Guardiola’s City. It is no disgrace to suffer defeat, but it shows there is plenty of work for Emery to do to revive the Gunners.
Early days for Emery
The transition from 22 years of veteran boss Arsene Wenger to Emery was never going to be a simple one. The players have still only worked with the Spanish boss for a few months.
The Premier League transfer window is now shut and Arsenal fans have cause for quiet content with the Gunners summer business. Bernd Leno, Sokratis, Stephan Lichtsteiner Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi have all joined the Gunners during the transfer window.
However, the summer arrival of new boss Unai Emery cold a far big reaching impact than any of the clubs summer signings.
Arsenal spending small this summer
Arsenal has decided to take a cautious approach in the transfer market this summer. Some might argue that the Gunners have taken a cautious approach in the transfer market anyway in recent years.
The last few seasons have been hard to bear for Arsenal fans, as the Gunners have struggled from disappointing result to disappointing result under veteran boss Arsene Wenger.
Finishing outside the top four of the Premier League in consecutive campaigns has also not helped the atmosphere amongst the fans. However, since the appointment of Spanish boss Unai Emery there seems a freshness about the team from north London.
Positive pre-season so far
The Gunners have enjoyed a largely positive pre-season, with the team gaining vital minutes and producing some good displays. The performances of the likes of youngsters Emile Smith-Rowe and Matteo Guendouzi have been particular highlights at times.
According to the Daily Mail, former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is a target for the Japanese FA to become the next national team boss.
The veteran boss left Arsenal earlier this summer after 22 years in charge of the Gunners. The Frenchman recently admitted that he might have stayed too long in the capital with the Gunners.
Linked with a number of moves
Since announcing that he was leaving Arsenal, Wenger has been linked with a number of high-profile jobs, including at European champions Real Madrid and big-spending French outfit PSG.
Reportedly, Arsenal target Ivorian midfielder Jean Michael Seri has completed a shock move to Premier League new boys Fulham from Nice for a fee reported to be in the region of £18million.
Seri had been continually linked with a move to both Arsenal and Chelsea. Both London giants were linked with £35million bids for the midfielder last summer. However, the midfielder has now joined Fulham for a much smaller fee than mooted in the past.
Arsenal must be happy with their midfield options
It seems that Arsenal are satisfied with their midfield options. The Gunners already had the likes of Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey and Mohamed Elneny available to new boss Unai Emery before the summer transfer window opened.
It’s been a few months now since we initially learned that Arsene Wenger would be leaving his role as the manager of Arsenal Football Club. It was a transition that was easier for some than others, but overall, it was probably the right decision given the circumstances. Now, it’s time to have a think about the Frenchman’s future as we ponder what would be the best move for him – and Arsenal fans – moving forward.
Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira has become the head coach of Ligue One side Nice. The former Gunners star had previously spent two and a half years as head coach of MLS franchise New York City FC. Vieira’s contract in the Big Apple was due to expire in November, so he has made the move back to Europe.
Received a phone call from Arsenal
Vieira reportedly received a phone call from Arsenal to tell him that he was not set to replace outgoing Gunners Arsene Wenger this summer, with Unai Emery replacing the veteran French boss instead. The Frenchman is believed to have been disappointed at the so-called ‘token gesture’.
Most people expected Spanish striker Lucas Perez to leave Arsenal this summer after he spent last season on-loan at Deportivo La Coruna in La Liga. His agent was talking as if he was all but gone from the north London club. Even saying that Serie A outfit Lazio had been in touch over Perez’s availability.
Emery’s arrival good news for Perez
However, according to Spanish publication El Desmarque, Perez could have a future at Arsenal after all, as the Gunners new head coach Unai Emery is a big fan of the 29-year-old.
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.