Unai Emery has spent his first month at Arsenal drilling his new players in the tactics he wants them to use in the new season, and the squad seem to have reacted favourably to his tuition. We can only hope that the players learn to follow his instructions to grind out results, and according to Jamie Carragher, Emery will be following in the footsteps of another Spaniard Rafa Benitez. He was far from being Liverpool’s greatest manager, but he certainly made them hard to beat…
“In the past, Arsenal have won games on great football, individual brilliance and having great attacking players,” Carragher said. “What we’ll see Arsenal do more this season is win games tactically. You will look at games and say ‘That’s the manager, he has set up a certain way’.
“He is going to be a very similar manager to a manager I had in Rafa Benitez, going from a team that wasn’t one of the giants in Spain but was still competing and winning trophies.
“He makes it difficult for teams to play against them and will play 4-2-3-1. It will be very similar to Rafa.”
I guess if weare totally honest, we wuld have to agree that our squad doesn’t compare favourably with some of the best teams in the League, but we have seen that Emery can win competitions purely by tactics and discipline. May be we can look forward to a very interesting season after all?