Arsenal have had a season of ups and downs during their first season away from the ‘Wenger Era’.
Unai Emery has come in and shown that he has what it takes to lead Arsenal back to the heights of the Premier League. After bringing a few new faces into the Emirates, Emery was hoping for an easier start to his reign but will have to rely on time.
This is a project and one that is certainly going to take time in order to work, considering the state Arsene Wenger left the club in once he finally left his role in charge at the Emirates.
Still, it has been shown over the course of the season that a few players haven’t been showing their true potential for the Gunners.
The prolonging question between Özil and Arsenal of ‘why isn’t he playing?’ has been going on for the entire season. Some may feel that it is Emery who is freezing the player out due to not liking his style of play.
Over the season Emery has come up with so many different reasons has to why Özil hasn’t featured in various games, this is confusing the fans at the Emirates as last season Emery tried to sign Özil for PSG.
Appearing in 14 Premier League games this season, the 30-year-old has only managed 3 goals and 1 assist which is nowhere near to his full potential which we saw back in 2015/16 season where he bagged 6 goals and 19 assists. We feel that the German has just lost his love for Arsenal and has given a big slap in the face to his new manager by not performing to his creative best.
Stephan Lichtsteiner was bought in by Emery to settle the defensive problems that the Gunners faced. Instead of helping the problem, the 35-year-old has struggled with the fast pace of the Premier League and has caused more harm than help for the manager.
Although the Swiss can bring experience from the big stages such as Champions League finals etc. into Arsenal’s dressing room, it may be hard for the players to react to what he says when in the next game he’s being pulled around the pitch by a much younger winger.
Emery may find it better to work with Lichtsteiner on a more coaching level, so that the experienced defender can help the younger players face the new challenges of European games and big top 4 ties in the league.