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Emery sacked as Ljungberg given caretaker role

Unai Emery has been sacked as Arsenal, Head Coach. His former assistant Freddie Ljungberg has been given the caretaker head coach role until a replacement is identified. Arsenal’s poor showing in the 2-1 Europa League Group F defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday night appears to have been the final straw for the Arsenal board, as Emery who was given the club’s backing only a few weeks ago was dismissed in an early morning meeting at the club’s London Colney training ground. In truth, this had been coming. Rumours of player frustration over tactics, formations and instructions seemed to bear fruit, with on field performances just a shambles.

Young France star Matteo Guendouzi joins Arsenal

Matteo Guendouzi has joined Arsenal from Ligue 2 side Lorient, the same club from which Laurent Koscielny arrived from. The 19-year-old midfielder began his career at the Paris Saint-Germain academy before joining Lorient’s academy in 2014. With his distinctive hair style and known flair play, the teenager is sure to become an Arsenal favourite with his hard work and patience for game time.

Lucas Torreira joins Arsenal in £26m deal

Lucas Torreira has joined Arsenal in a reported £26m deal and becomes the fourth signing of Unai Emery’s tenure. Rumours linking the Uruguayan with a summer switch to Arsenal had been present up to and during the World Cup in Russia. Torreira however refused to be drawn on the matter, preferring to focus on his country’s World Cup campaign. Compact, robust and with a never say die attitude, Torreira will be a welcome midfield addition, in front of his back line as we saw so ably demonstrated in Uruguay’s World Cup campaign which included the elimination of Portugal. Safely on the ground in N5, the midfielder said “I feel very happy. I want to make the most of this opportunity life has given me. I am really looking forward to starting this new adventure.”

Greek defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos joins Arsenal

Greek defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos has joined Arsenal for a fee reportedly around the £18m mark. The experienced 30-year-old arrives from Borussia Dortmund, where he won the German Cup in 2017. The defender also played at Werder Bremen, AC Milan, Genoa and AEK Athens. Papastathopoulos will wear the No 5 shirt at Arsenal and has been capped 79 times for Greece. He described his signing for the Gunners as a “beautiful moment,” and added “I’m very happy that I will be here for the next years. Arsenal is one of the three biggest teams in the Premier League and one very big club. It has a lot of fans and a very big history. I’m very happy that for the next years I will be here to help the team.

German keeper Bernd Leno signs for Arsenal

German goalkeeper Bernd Leno has joined Arsenal from Bayer Leverkusen in a deal reported to be around the £20m mark. The 26 year old made 230 appearances in the Bundesliga, and in September 2011 became the youngest goalkeeper to feature in a Champions League match at the age of just 19 years and 193 days, when Leverkusen played a group-stage game against Chelsea. Arsenal Head Coach Unai Emery was delighted with his latest signing. “We are very pleased that Bernd Leno will be joining us. Bernd is a goalkeeper of high quality and experience. He has been a top performer and regular number one goalkeeper with Leverkusen in the Bundesliga for the past seven years. We are all excited that Bernd has chosen Arsenal Football Club and look forward to start working with him in pre-season.”

Stephan Lichtsteiner becomes first Emery signing

Stephan Lichtsteiner became the first signing of Unai Emery’s tenure, joining Arsenal from Juventus as a free agent. Lichtsteiner won the Serie A title in each of the seven seasons he was at Juve, and Arsenal fans would happy to see something similar happen now he is in N5. An experienced right-sided defender, Lichtsteiner made over 250 appearances for Juventus, and is the fourth-most capped player in Switzerland history with 99 appearances for his country. He has also been the Swiss captain since 2016.

Emery aims to return Arsenal to top tier status

Unai Emery has wasted no time in declaring his ambitions for Arsenal. The new Arsenal Head Coach wasn’t to see Arsenal return to Champions League football, to, challenge there while also re-asserting the Gunners as genuine Premier League title contenders. Speaking at his first Arsenal press conference, the slick Emery cast an aura of confidence and freshness injetected into the club following the culmination of the 22 year Arsene Wenger reign.

Unai Emery takes over from Wenger

Arsenal confirmed the arrival of Unai Emery to take over from Arsene Wenger. In a move which stunned many, the Gunners announced that Emery will be Arsenal’s Head Coach for the 2018-19 season, signing him on a two year deal. Mikel Arteta had been strongly tipped to take over from his former Arsenal boss who steps down after 22 years in charge at N5. Emery began managerial career with Lorca Deportiva, going on to win trophies with Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain. Former Gunner greats Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira were also in the frame, however having impressed the board with his meticulous preparation and knowledge of players he will now work with, Arsenal went for the established credentials of Emery who will be tasked with guiding the Gunners back to Champions League football and also to challenge for the Premier League title.

Wenger, the footballing genius, creator of the Invincibles says Au Revoir

His departure from Arsenal may have been widely expected, however the consensus seemed to be that he would see out the final year of this current two year deal and the club will then seek to replace him after next season. So last week’s shock announcement that after 22 years, Wenger would leave Arsenal in the summer came as a bolt from the blue as in Wenger, here is a man who has always remained loyal to the length of his contract. Talk of him jumping before he was pushed began to surface, but the official club statement spoke of Wenger himself coming to the conclusion that it was time to go. However following Arsenal’s 4-1 demolition of West Ham last Sunday, Wenger appeared to hint at other scenarios, which he did not want to elaborate on at this time, but seemed at odds with last week’s announcement. Then Wenger told the club’s website, “After careful consideration and following discussions with the club, I feel it is the right time for me to step down at the end of the season. I am grateful for having had the privilege to serve the club for so many memorable years.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang signs for Arsenal record £56m

Arsenal have signed Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund for a club record £56m. The Gunners set out their stall early on to secure the services of the Gabon player, but had two initial bids rejected by Dortmund. The move then came down to not only the funds, but the German side being able to get a replacement. That it was Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi who joined the Bundesliga outfit on loan until the end of the season, for the move to proceed, Olivier Giroud made the cross capital switch to join Chelsea. Aubameyang arrives with a record for scoring record of 141 goals in 213 games for Dortmund, including 21 in 24 matches this season. The 28-year-old – who was the 2015 African Footballer of the Year – has joined Arsenal on “a long-term contract”.