Campbell urges Emery to spring an Arsenal surprise by Iomie Stanley
Arsenal legend Sol Campbell has told Unai Emery to spring a surprise at the club ahead of next weeks opening fixture against Manchester City.
The Spaniard has been a busy man since his arrival at the Emirates and has done quite a lot of business for the amount of money he was supposedly getting this transfer window.
As we all know, the hierarchy did not want to splash the cash and spend silly money to land some world class players over the course of the last few months and instead told Emery he would have to fins some summer bargains if he wanted to put his own stamp on the side.
So he stepped up and landed Bernd Leno, Sokratis, Stephen Lichsteiner, Lucas Torreira and the very impressive Mateo Guendouzi, who has had a tremendous pre-season for the club, and now we look like a side that is more than capable of challenging Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham for a top four spot.
Add that to the fact Chelsea have signed one player in the form of Jorginho, while United have spent £50 million on Fred and Spurs simply have no money to even buy Jack Grealish from Aston Villa for £20 million, so we could surprise a few that have totally doubted Emery and his managerial ability.
Campbell said: “I’m sure there’s a lot of people briefing him saying ‘hey, this is a tough league and you’ve got to be ready for it’, I’m sure he is.
“I think for me getting in and around fourth and fifth spot, maybe trying to push in, because there’s a lot of competition.
“There’s a lot of teams as well that have proved, there’s Tottenham, there’s Liverpool, the two Manchester clubs.
“It’s tough to get into that top four, but hopefully he can surprise us with the spirt of the team, new players, fresh, eager to impress the new manager.
“So hopefully that will continue for the whole season.”
Last season was another one of those seasons under Arsene Wenger that we have become accustomed too, his stubbornness to change things and try something new as he believed his way was the right way.
But Emery will bring a proven track record of winning trophies, so I am expecting the club to challenge for the title, not just the Champions League spots. But I am wanting to believe we really can surprise our rivals, starrting with City and Chelsea..