Arsenal let a two-goal lead slip when they drew against Crystal Palace at the Emirates on Sunday, a result which saw the Gunners fall four points behind London rivals Chelsea in the Premier League standings. With Unai Emery’s side having been defeated by Sheffield United in their previous top-flight outing, the pressure is now firmly on the Spaniard, with many pointing towards the January transfer window as a crucial period for the club.
Despite the arrivals of David Luiz and Kieran Tierney over the summer, the Arsenal defence is still cause for concern for fans in North London, with many calling for transfer activity in this area. Young French defender William Saliba does not arrive at the club until next summer, with the 18-year-old having earned rave reviews for his performances in Ligue 1 for Saint-Etienne, while there are still doubts over the future of the injury prone Rob Holding.
The Luiz arrival was met with big hype, and while the former Chelsea and PSG man has been in good goalscoring form, the Brazilian’s partnership with Sokratis Papastathopoulos hardly inspires confidence. As a result, the likes of Nathan Ake, Daniel Rugani and Olympiacos man Pape Abou Cisse have all been linked with moves to the Emirates. Ake is the only one of the three with Premier League experience, however Bournemouth would likely demand a massive fee to depart with the centre back. As a result, Cisse could be a cheaper alternative, with the Senegalese international having impressed for his Greek side following a move from Ajaccio in 2017.
The Gunners have kept clean sheets in just two of their 10 Premier League outings so far this season, meaning that Unai Emery is facing pressure to get his side firing on all cylinders across the park. With reports having emerged this week that club officials believe that the Gunners were better off with former boss Arsene Wenger at the helm, Emery is now among the favourites to be the next Premier League manager to lose his job, along with the likes of Ralph Hasenhuttl and Marco Silva – If you think you know who is going next you can bet on your opinion at these leading apps recommended by top-betting-sites.co.uk.
Problems are seemingly mounting at Arsenal, with club captain Granit Xhaka having left the field to a chorus of boos from home supporters over the weekend, with the midfielder responding in turn by venting his frustration at such treatment. It remains to be seen as to whether Xhaka has a future at the club following the incident, while many online bookmakers have slashed odds on the Swiss international being stripped of the captaincy. Should Emery choose that this is the best course of action, 20-year-old Mattéo Guendouzi is already being touted as his successor.
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