We are all hoping that Unai Emery learned a lot about his team from Arsenal’s defeat to Man City last week, and also hoping that his players have understood a bit more about how he wants them to play. There will still be a lot of experimentation until he gets to know his best team. As Emery said himself: “First, we want to build a competitive team. We are going to play away but we need to keep our personality, keep our mentality, because I think on Sunday against Manchester City, the team kept their ideas, kept their spirit in the game for the full 90 minutes, even when we were losing, and didn’t let [their heads] go down. That was a good thing, [despite] us losing 2-0. I want us to continue with this work and to be competitive for 90 minutes, but with a better performance than on Sunday, both individually and collectively. We want a good preparation before and a good response on the pitch to that preparation.”
Well, we all know that the team that played in the second half was better than the starting line-up, but how will Emery see it in another game that will be very difficult to win? We need to be tight at the back and try some fast breakaways. Ramsey needs to sort his contract out before he plays again I feel, so this is the team I predicted earlier…
Bellerin – Mustafi – Sokratis – Monreal
Guendouzi – Torreira – Xhaka
Ozil – Aubameyang – Mkhitaryan
I’m not expecting to be right as we hardly know how Emery thinks yet, but the official team will be here any second now…..
One hour until kick-off ✅
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) August 18, 2018
Interesting? Is this team good enough to beat the Blues? Or at least stop them scoring?