Arsenal are now entering the Brave New World of the Unai Emery era and could he have as big an impact as Arsene Wenger did when he arrived at Highbury? Le Prof finished third in hs first season at the club and did the Double in his second campaign, but could Emery go one better and win the League in his first year?
According to the Gunners legend Robert Pires, who still has close ties to the club, doesn’t think it is so far-fetched. He even thinks that he could start well by beating Man City and Chelsea and then go all the way. He told bwin when asked if Emery could just get back into the Top Four: “Emery will be aiming to win the Premier League with Arsenal immediately.” Pires said confidently. “The club have changed everything this summer by hiring a new manager and bringing in some new names. It was a good decision to hire Emery and now it’s important for him to build a new team, but keep the Arsenal philosophy of playing good football. Emery will take the club in that direction and I’m confident for next season.
“I think that Arsenal will want a long-term impact from Emery. He can be a success at Arsenal and he has the experience of being a proven winner. It was a good appointment from Arsenal, he has a good squad and there is a lot of potential for Arsenal to win the Premier League.”
And what did Pires think about Arsenal’s two opening games, which will be crucial for the confidence of the team, as well as taking a few points of a couple of our biggest rivals! Pires said: “Emery will be looking to beat Man City and Chelsea in their opening fixtures. It will be very important for Emery to start well because it is important to prove himself, and for the new players to do the same. Pre-season is now so important to having a good start and Emery will definitely want to have a quick impact, starting with City on the opening day of the season.”
Could Pires be right? Could we win both games and use that as a springboard to go on and win the title?