Arsenal has had a very active summer transfer window, with new manager Unai Emery bringing in five stars and one former Arsenal legend has rated his acquisitions.
The Gunners lost manager Arsene Wenger after a tenure of nearly 22 years at the helm as Arsenal manager, but the new man in Unai Emery has won a lot of plaudits for bringing in exactly the kind of players that Arsenal needs. The former PSG and Sevilla boss has already signed the likes of Bernd Leno, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Stephan Lichsteiner, Matteo Guendouz and Lucas Torreira.
Former Juventus star Lichsteiner was the first man in, with Arsenal swooping in to sign the Swiss international for free followed by Sokratis Papastathopoulos but only officially became a Premier League player at the start of the transfer window. Bernd Leno followed from Bayern Leverkusen with a five-year deal and he was followed by Lucas Torreira after Uruguay crashed out of the World Cup.
Meanwhile, Unai Emery also signed Lorient starlet Matteo Guendouz, with the highly rather teenager star coming in to bolster the Gunner’s squad. But the transfer window isn’t over yet as Emery went on to reveal “I am very happy with how the club is working and we are working every day on how we can improve. I am with the players and those who have arrived this week, I am very happy with and I said at the last press conference that if there is an opportunity to try to sign one player, then we are looking,” he said in an interview with the club’s offical site.
However, whatever the former PSG and Sevilla man has done so far has impressed former Arsenal star and legend Robert Pires. The France international who won two Premier League titles with the club including the Invincibles season, went on to rate each of the new signings in an exclusive with bwin.
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He started with Bernd Leno “Arsenal spent a lot of money on Leno and I don’t think they would do that just for him to sit on the bench. Leno will definitely be number one now. ‘I don’t know what will happen to David Ospina and Petr Cech now, but they’ll both be considering their futures.
Then about Lucas Torriera “Granit Xhaka and Torreira can definitely both play together. ‘Torreira looks like a really good player, who runs a lot and put in a good tackle. I think Emery will need to find a balance between Xhaka, Torreira and [Aaron] Ramsey, but they can definitely all play together. It’s a long season so they’ll all get a chance.
And Stephan Lichsteiner “Lichtsteiner is a good signing and I think he will help Arsenal. I don’t think he’ll start too often because [Hector] Bellerin is probably the first choice, but it is good for Emery to have a squad where he trusts every player to play should someone get injured.”
Before finally talking about Sokratis Papastapoulos “I don’t think there’s really a defensive problem at Arsenal. [Laurent] Koscielny and [Shkodran] Mustafi played well together last season but Koscielny has a long-term injury and Sokratis will be a good replacement for him. Much like Lichtsteiner, Sokratis has a lot of experience and I think he’s a good signing.”
Robert Pires is right, Unai Emery has had a good transfer window so far with Arsenal bringing in and reinforcing key areas of the squad. He also brought in a defensive midfielder, something Arsene Wenger failed to do so after losing key stars in that area. However, now all that’s left is for the Gunners to click well under Emery’s tactics and producing brilliant football. Easier said than done.