Arsenal signing Nicolas Pepe: This club showed plenty of ambition

Ross Houston
August 21, 2019

This summer he was afforded a considerable war chest to bolster his armoury.

Arsenal boss Unai Emery is "not in a good position", according to former Gunners forward Andrey Arshavin.

Despite this, the Spaniard masterminded a Europa League final appearance - losing to Chelsea in the final - and has significantly strengthened this summer.

The Ivory Coast worldwide joined Arsenal in a club-record £72m deal from Lille this summer, with the winger having been eased into the first-team with two substitute appearances over the opening weekends of the Premier League season.

"It's hard to replace a guy (Arsene Wenger) who managed the team for more than 20 years", Arshavin told Sky Sports.

The Unai Emery-tutored side salvaged a hard-fought 1-0 win in their season opener against Newcastle, before beating Burnley 2-1 at Emirates in a match Dani Ceballos who is on loan from Real Madrid starred.

"But I would say the first year for him was not bad". He is building the team and he needs time.

Bukayo Saka, Folarin Balogun and James Olayinka took part in the session, as the Gunners prepare for their trip to Merseyside to face Liverpool in the Premier League.

The trip to Merseyside bears awful memories for Arsenal as they lost 5-1 in their last visit, with Ainsley Maitland-Niles claiming the consolation.

Reminiscing on that match, Arshavin claimed it felt no different before than any other game.

Reflecting on the incident he said: "I was happy because we had won but personally I was a bit upset after missing the penalty".

"I think that we have to go and play our game".

Ozil added: 'I was always giving everything to play in training, and after that if I'm not in the squad, or didn't play those players always came to me and showed their respect.

"Of course I could not imagine before that game that I would score four goals. But in terms of playing style, I had some other games that were much better".

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