When Unai Emery was appointed manager of Arsenal, it was expected to bring the start of a new era for the club, and we’re still waiting for it to happen.
The Gunners are currently fighting for top-four after hitting their worst patch of form in the entire season at the worst possible time whilst also preparing for their second attempt to make it to the Europa League final, and as well as emulating last season, Emery is looking at players Arsene Wenger once targeted at Arsenal.
According to the Daily Star, the Gunners are plotting to go back in for Sampdoria midfielder Dennis Praet, who was once targeted by Wenger before his departure from the club last summer, as a cheaper alternative to Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella.
Available for a reported £21.5 million, Praet would be a somewhat cheap signing for the Gunners, who could see him as a replacement for Aaron Ramsey, and although it could be a tempting deal for Emery, the club should avoid targeting players that once caught the eye of Wenger.
Emery’s appointment signalled the end of Wenger’s time with the club, but nearly a year since the appointment of the Spaniard the Gunners don’t look much different style-wise and player-wise from what we saw under the legendary French manager, and these traits need to be weeded out of the club.
Next season will likely see Emery’s real style and philosophy come through at Arsenal, and bringing in players who Wenger once saw as potential signings will only hold the club back.
Emery needs to take control of the situation at Arsenal and bring in the players he thinks will actually take the club forward, and not hold it back due to recommendations from the past.
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