I found it incredible that Unai Emery put out nearly a full Arsenal team to play the Ukranian minnows Vorskla, and I seriously expected to see a cricket score with players like Aubameyang, Iwobi and Welbeck up front. And so it seemed from the beginning with Arsenal keeping the ball for 75% of the time and Alex Iwobi looks desperate to impress, but sadly despite many many chances he failed to find the net.
This should be Arsenal’s first reserve team game this evening as Arsenal take on Vorskla in the first game of the Europa League Group Stages. This will be the first chance that Unai Emery gets to see his reserves playing some competitive football, albeit against a minor European side and hopefully some of them will be trying to impress the boss enough to earn promotion to the starting line-up…
Unai Emery is aiming this season to become the first ever manager to win four Europa League Trophys, so he will be looking to put his name in the history books with in his first year with Arsenal. He has already admitted that the Premier League must be the Number One target when he said yesterday: “The Premier League is the first competition because it’s giving us a big responsibility, maybe bigger than the others, in the season. There are 38 matches, so your first analysis is like this. Other competitions are very important too. Today, we are only thinking about giving our supporters the first performance and a good 90 minutes on the pitch at the Emirates.”
So Arsenal’s journey to the Europa League Final begins tonight against the minnows Vorskla from Poltava in the outer regions of the Ukraine. The club finished third in their national Premier League which matches their best ever position, and this is also the second time they have reached the Group Stages of the Europa League, gaining only 2 points from their 6 games. They would probably have earned more from winning a jackpot on 666 Casino but at least they have gained a bit of European experience!
All the newspapers this morning are saying that the new Arsenal head of Football Raul Sanllehi is keen to make Ever Banega his first signing after the departure of Ivan Gazidis. The Sun reports today….
ARSENAL’S new chiefs want to land Ever Banega for Unai Emery.
Bernd Leno arrived at Arsenal with a big reputation and a big price tag in the summer, and everyone expected to him to e the new Number One for the new Gunners team under Unai Emery this season, but Petr Cech, despite having offers to move away for guaranteed first team football, just became even more determined fight for his place and to show the new manager that he was just as good as ever.
I was absolutely certain that Unai Emery would be using all Arsenal’s squad players when Vorskla come to visit tomorrow and even wrote a post about who would Emery pick from his reserves. According to transfermarkt.co.uk, Vorskla’s most valuable player is only worth 750,000 so you wouldn’t have to win many jackpots on the online slots to pay for the whole team, so why would an Arsenal manager risk playing your top players?
It’s kind of fitting that Ivan Gazidis should leave with a star player running down his contract. I feel it’s harsh to blame him too much. Like Arsene Wenger, you’re only as good as your boss. If Stan Kroenke gives you a certain remit, it’s your job to meet that criteria, it’s not your role to make the American more ambitious.