Darren Burgess Reveals What Unai Emery Most Wanted To Change At Arsenal

Darren Burgess Reveals What Unai Emery Most Wanted To Change At Arsenal

With new manager at helm, Arsenal (6th in PL last year) start their life without Arsene Wenger, hosting a home clash against Manchester City (1st in PL last season), who won the Premier League last year, beating nearly every record.

It has been a summer of tremendous change and hard work at Arsenal as head coach Unai Emery prepares for his first season at the club. The Gunners have not won the Premier League title since 2004 and they ended up in sixth place and without a trophy last term. City are now seeking to become the first team to defend the title since United in 2009, having fallen short themselves after triumphs in 2012 and 2014 before Pep guardiola took charge.

"A little bit more smiles and happiness, but a little bit less committed". What we'll see Arsenal do more this season is win games tactically. "I came in (training) this time and it's completely different".

During the second period of former boss Arsene Wenger's 22-year reign as manager, the Gunners were routinely criticised for their tactical naivety.

Manchester City's only high-profile signing during the summer has been Riyad Mahrez, who won the Premier League with Leicester City in 2016 and has notched 39 goals and 27 assists in 139 appearances in England's top tier.

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The Gunners' squad is looking bloated and reports from ESPN and the Telegraph say Unai Emery is happy to let any of those three players leave before the deadline on Thursday.

Emery's priority - like Sarri at Chelsea - is ensuring there isn't another season out of the Champions League.

Saints boss Mark Hughes will be desperate to bolster his attacking ranks before this evening's 5pm deadline, after his side's impotency in front of goal almost cost them their Premier League status last season.

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is believed to be close to signing a new deal with Arsenal FC this week, following weeks of doubt about the star's future at the Emirates.

He has been extremely active in the transfer market, with Lucas Torreira, Bernd Leno, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Matteo Guendouzi all arriving.

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