MARTIN KEOWN: The new Arsenal boss, Unai Emery, needs to get his hands dirty

Unai Emery received a great control of reality when his team opened against Manchester City

New Arsenal boss Unai Emery needs to get his hands dirty as the club enters a new era

  • Arsenal had a difficult start with the visit of the Manchester City champions
  • It was the first competitive game of Unai Emery in charge since he took over
  • Arsenal highlighted the areas in which they will need to improve this season
  • The players did not give enough options as City overran the game

Martin Keown for the Daily Mail

That was a great control of reality for Arsenal. There is no disgrace in being defeated by one of the best teams to honor the Premier League, but it has highlighted where Unai Emery needs to improve his new team.

His philosophy is that his teams play from the goalkeeper, but when Granit Xhaka received the ball from Petr Cech, there were too many Arsenal players standing and watching.

Xhaka needed the players, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Mesut Ozil, to give him more options so that they could get on the ball and feed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Unai Emery received a great control of reality when his team opened against Manchester City

Unai Emery received a great control of reality when his team opened against Manchester City

Where Manchester City won this game was on the flanks. The backs of Arsenal did not get enough protection and the team must achieve a better balance between defense and attack.

After a summer of optimism, this result brings a touch of disappointment, but the change will take time.

There are still many areas where Emery will feel that he can get his hands dirty in the training camp.

Mesut Ozil needed to give more options for Arsenal to get more into the ball and play

Mesut Ozil needed to give more options for Arsenal to get more into the ball and play

Mesut Ozil needed to give more options for Arsenal to get more into the ball and play

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