In a forecast of Premier League standings , many bookmakers couldn’t have thought possible, Arsenal had a terrible game against Manchester City. The Gunners were 8/1 odds-on to defeat Man City. However, in the second half of the Premier League match against on Sunday, the gulf in class between the champions and Arsenal was plain to the eye and it shows that Unai Emery, the Gunners manager has a lot to do to make Arsenal become title-contenders once again.
The North Londoners failed to muster a single shot on target and it brings into fore the many issues Emery has to face. Despite going on an incredible 22-match unbeaten run but The Gunners have retrogressed since November, and it brings into consciousness the work of Emery.
The Spanish tactician is working with a group of players that don’t show enough mental strength to overcome difficulties during matches, but the major problem at The Emirates Stadium is that the club needs to invest money in the transfer window. Despite having a lot of injuries, especially in defence, Arsenal failed to strengthen in that department in the winter transfer window. Only Denis Suarez arrived, but only he can’t plug he deficiencies in the squad. He has come to solve a need on the wings, but the Spaniard himself is not a direct, pacy winger that the team desperately needs.
The Arsenal board must not be content with qualifying for the Champions League, but must buy players that can help the club compete with the biggest teams in the country. A host of the world’s top players will most likely go to Liverpool and Manchester City if they decide to play in the Premier League, and Arsenal at the moment don’t look like fighting for any major domestic trophies. Unai Emery is under a lot of pressure after replacing Arsene Wenger, but he can only do so much.
There are too many average players at the club, and the board doesn’t look like a trophy-centric hierarchy. The team needs a world-class central defensive partnership, a dependable rightback, a creative and energetic central attacking midfielder and classy wingers on the flanks. Unai Emery may be judged on many fronts but if he is not supported in the transfer market, he can only do so much. He is not Superman.