07/19/2021 at 7:17 PM CEST
Times are not easy at the Emirates Stadium. Intermittent joys, projects that are exciting at the beginning of the season and that end in disappointment in May. The departure of Wenger, so requested by the fan ‘gunner’ in his day, was not a great boost for Arsenal that has not won the Premier League since the 2003-2004 season. The one of the ‘invincibles’. Without losing a single game and with Henry at his peak of form in the lead.
Mikel Arteta inherited the team on December 22, 2019. A few months before the pandemic. It seemed that Arsenal were taking on another color, another rhythm, another style of play inspired by Pep Guardiola. The San Sebastián coach landed after being the second of Santpedor. Something had learned. He won the FACup, he also won the Community Shield last season but the year ended in torture. Outside of any European competition, nor to the Conference League, and eliminated by Villarreal in the semifinals of the Europa League.
One of Arsenal’s black holes is in defense and that is why Arteta has put his reinforcements focus on the rear. Nuno Tavares from Benfica arrived and it is a matter of days or hours for the arrival of Ben White, Brighton center-back for whom they will pay just over 50 million euros. International headquarters with a great future. Today they have also announced the arrival of Lokonga. Defensive midfielder who also has the virtue of playing as a pivot. Ideal for the 4-2-3-1 with which the Spanish coach is playing. 17 ‘kilos’ to Anderlecht have paid.
The preseason …
It is not being ideal. They drag the trend of last year. Unforgivable defeat in debut against Hibernian. 2-1 with childish errors. Above all, the singing of the U21 goalkeeper. To top it off, draw against Rangers. Now come Inter, Chelsea and Tottenham …