Unai Emery may have been sacked as Arsenal manager but huge problems remain.
There is no point kidding ourselves, Unai Emery may have gone as Arsenal manager but there are still some massive issues to resolve.
There is no way that the players can escape their part in the farce that has become Arsenal football club.
But it is not just them either. Here I list six things I feel the new manager must sort ASAP. That applies to Freddie Ljungberg and whoever takes over from him.
Sort the defence out
Hardly rocket science to know what is the biggest issue. It has to be tightened up at the back and a proper formation used. If Freddie or whoever takes over from him cannot tighten up the defence then they will not last long in the dugout.
When you have players like Dani Ceballos, Mesut Ozil, Nicholas Pepe and even Joe Willock available then surely you expect more creativity. Whoever takes the job long term must play these players right to bring the best out of them.
Get the best from Nicholas Pepe
This lad cost a serious amount of money for a reason. He is a damn good player. It is clear his confidence is shot and he needs integrating back into the team ASAP. Under the right man-management, we should see the best Pepe has to offer.
Get the board to spend big money
Ther is no chance Arsenal will be competitive if they do not invest significant money on rebuilding the team. Everyone and their uncle knows what is needed, The new manager must insist that the board loosen the purse strings.
Keep the fans onside
The new manager has to keep the fans onside. All he needs to do is put out a winning team playing attractive football. Do that and he will be a hero, fail and he will go the same route as Emery and all that came with that.
Aubameyang and Lacazette contracts
Another no brainer, the new man in charge has to get these lads to want to sign new contracts, if not, then he has to advise the board to sell them and get in new fresher players loyal to the club.