Carragher: New Arsenal boss Emery compared to Rafa Benitez

Ruben Hill
August 9, 2018

Another experienced tactician has inherited the managerial reins, with trust being placed in the coaching ability of former Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain boss Emery.

Unai Emery is just days away from taking charge of his first Premier League game.

The Spaniard is not the only new manager hoping to make an instant impact in the capital. He must take more risks and continue his development.

"Most people recognised that our defence was poor last season", he said, per the Evening Standard.

The Gunners kick their season off on Sunday against Manchester City at The Emirates, and have a real chance to lay down a marker for the season ahead.

The Portuguese coach has clearly been disappointed by the club's close-season spending and has rued the fact that, like other top-flight clubs, many of his squad have had minimal preparation having had time off to recover from the World Cup. In 2008, Ljungberg was ranked number 11 in a poll of the greatest Arsenal players in history.

The Gunners appointed the Spanish head coach as their new manager at the end of the 2017-18 Premier League season following a hard campaign. After 20 successful years with the club, Wenger's influence began to wane in recent seasons with the Gunners dropping well off the pace. Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Borussia Dortmund) and Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus) have come in to strengthen Arsenal's defensive corps, while Lucas Torreira (Sampdoria), who helped Uruguay to reach the Quarter-finals at this year's FIFA World Cup, looks like a dream signing for the holding midfield role the Gunners have been struggling to fill since Patrick Vieira left to join Juventus 13 years ago.

In the three matches between the two clubs last season, City won 9-1 on aggregate.

Fulham host Crystal Palace while Wolves face Everton.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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