Arsenal will be looking to challenge for a top four spot this season after missing out in the last campaign, but they’ll definitely need to improve for this to happen.
The Gunners invested in a number of new players this summer as Unai Emery built a squad that he believes can challenge near the top. But, having witnessed Arsenal’s performance against defending Premier League champions Manchester City, it’s safe to say that Emery’s side are still miles off the pace.
And, the Spaniard missed a trick when it came down to offloading certain players during the summer transfer window, as a number of first-team members will now stagnate behind the scenes this season.
Indeed, the Gunners drafted in the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette last season, which means that one player in particular will have to settle for less minutes on the field.
So, it’s hard to believe Emery didn’t shift this Arsenal flop…
Danny Welbeck, who is currently valued at £13.5 million (by Transfermarkt), was included in the England squad for the World Cup, but he didn’t manage to nail down a starting spot and only secured a limited amount of minutes.
And, it’s safe to say that he finds himself in a similar situation at the Emirates, as the Englishman is currently down the pecking order under Unai Emery.
The Gunners only operate with one striker at the pinnacle of the attack, and with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette establishing themselves as two of Europe’s best forwards, it was always going to be difficult for Welbeck to break into the side.
Therefore, it’s hard to see why Emery didn’t look to offload the forward this summer as he just hasn’t been able to ensure a consistent flow of goals in recent years.