Now that the 19/20 Premier League has kicked off, Arsenal fans are waiting to find out if the club’s spending on new players will help them challenge for the league title this season.
Whilst the Gunners have struggled to stay competitive in the Premier League in recent years, big signings including right-winger Nicolas Pepe, centre-back David Luiz and left-back Kieran Tierney may have a big impact on the team’s performance.
The latest Premier League predictions suggest that Arsenal have a great chance of at least making it into the Champions League with a top 4 Premier League spot this season.
Was signing David Luiz the right choice?
Experienced defender David Luiz was bought in from Chelsea after having played in 250 games for the club.
The Brazilian previously played in defence for Paris Saint-Germain and SL Benfica. He’s able to pick a pass and has a great diagonal ball on him, but he is also known for making mistakes that could be costly to the club in a tight match.
The centre-back appeared in 36 Premier League matches last season, and he shouldn’t need as much time to settle as the younger players.
Past experience suggests that if the new recruit is played in a three rather than a four, he could prove a real asset to the Gunners.
Nicolas Pepe joins the front three
Joining for a record fee of £72 million, Pepe has departed French team Lille. He is expected to fit in well with his new team.
Having played in goal early in his career, Pepe has first-hand experience of how goalkeepers act in certain situations. With the ability to play through the middle or on the right and be strong and direct on the counter-attack, Emery can utilise him to form a dynamic trio alongside Lacazette and Aubameyang.
In Arsenal’s first league game against Newcastle, the winger was brought in from the bench in the 71st minute, replacing Reiss Nelson.
While we didn’t see much of him on his Arsenal debut, he was much more impressive against Liverpool and Burnley. In the upcoming games, we can expect Emery to give the player more time on the pitch.
Young left-back Kieran Tierney joins the squad
Brought in from Celtic in a £25 million deal, Tierney was chosen to help increase the Gunners’ defensive options.
Strong and professional, the player is able to cross the pitch at pace. One concern is how he will defend in big league games, as he is used to his team having possession of the ball 70 percent or more of the time.
Having already been awarded 3 PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year awards, many see Tierney as a rising star with huge amounts of potential. While he may have been one of the Gunner’s more expensive signings, the player is committed and should serve them well.
Although the club haven’t managed to claim a league title in recent years, they have made a number of bold but strategic choices with their new summer signings. These new players should give them the competitive edge that they need to climb closer to the top end of the table this season.