Bacary Sagna thinks Arsenal made the right choice by appointing Unai Emery as head coach of the club, and claims the changes represent a ‘complete revival’ for Arsenal.
Speaking to French outlet So Foot, Sagna gave his thoughts on Arsenal finally parting ways with Arsene Wenger, to replace him with Unai Emery, as well as the transfer business done by the club since then.
“It’s a turning of the page: a complete revival of the club,” Sagna said. “There are new signings and the players need this competition, to fight to win their place on the pitch.
“Emery is the right choice to advance the club. He had to live with a lot of pressure at PSG, and he will find the same at Arsenal, because everyone expects him to rebuild the club quickly. As I have always said, Arsenal can beat anyone, but lately it was a team capable of both the best and the worst.”
Consistency is perhaps the thing Arsenal lacked the most in 2017/18. The team could beat AC Milan in the San Siro, or knock out Chelsea in a two-legged cup tie, but they were just as likely to get comfortably beaten by Swansea or Nottingham Forest.
Even individual matches were like roller coasters at times. Look at the opening day victory over Leicester City, where the lead changed hands multiple times, or the comeback against Liverpool to go from 2-0 down to 3-2 up, only to end up drawing 3-3.
Hopefully Sagna is right that Emery can move the team on from that, and the new signings will spur the existing squad on. The new head coach has a lot of experience around Europe, and with any luck he can use that to find success for Arsenal. We’ll have to wait and see this season.