Unai Emery had built his reputation with Sevilla with a high-intensity style of play. We often saw his players run down and chase lost causes, close down the opponents as soon as they had the ball and it is clear that he will like to implement the same at Arsenal as well. To achieve that, he believes that his players need to lose 1.3kg(3 Pounds) of fat.
That doesn’t mean that he thinks the current crop of Gunners players are overweight but he wants them to replace the said fat amount of their body by ‘lean muscle mass’. He also believes that his players need to clock more miles while on the pitch and cover more ground. That could be one of the reasons why we saw Mesut Ozil tracking back in the last game against Manchester City.
Emery’s entry to the Premier League has been tough as he came across a highly skilled Manchester City side in the first game. Things are not going to get easier from here as now they will travel to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea next.
Arsenal fans shouldn’t expect miracles in a short space of time as the new manager will need time to get his philosophy across the board. We saw glimpses of that in the first game but there is still a long way to go before we can see Emery’s blueprint in the current squad.
The Gunners have been blamed for not showing enough gut and courage in the past as they have often been steamrolled by opponents in heavyweight encounters. That is one of the areas where the team needs to improve and Emery’s new standards will have to be met by the players if they want to be in the reckoning for a place in the playing eleven.
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