A new era begins at the Emirates today as Arsenal face champions Manchester City. What are the key things Arsenal’s new Spanish manager must do to make his mark?
Fix defensive midfield deficiency
Since the departure of Gilberto Silva in 2008, defensive midfield has been an area where Arsenal have struggled. The latest hoped-for solution is £26m new signing Lucas Torreira, who looks to have the bite and discipline to be a success. Torreira impressed for Uruguay at the World Cup and will need to hit the ground running against City.
Get the best out of Aubameyang and Lacazette
Arsenal spent more than £100 million on the combined talents of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang last season, but the challenge is how to find a way of playing them together.
Assuming Unai Emery starts with only one striker then one of the two will have to play nominally wide. Emery must find a system fluid enough to help them both excel.
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