Arsenal have had an extremely busy summer season and it is fair to say the vast majority of fans have been left feeling pretty happy certainly. Here’s a appear at the very first group incomings, from defence to attack.
Arsenal have signed a 32-year-old Champions League winning centre-back with 56 Brazil caps and 160 Premier League appearances for a measly £8m. But, somehow, not absolutely everyone is happy. Such is the energy of David Luiz.
To say he splits opinion would be placing it mildly but this appears like an great deal for Arsenal. Luiz is absolutely an impulsive defender, and that might not be precisely what’s necessary at the back, but he’s also impressively uncompromising. For years Arsenal have lacked an individual a bit imply and, frankly, skilled in the dark arts. Now they have the rugged Sokratis and the slightly a lot more sly but no significantly less aggravating Luiz. Strikers will not have an quick time against them. (And, to be fair, nor might Arsenal fans provided the introduction of VAR.)
Luiz’s all-action style will lead to blunders – they’re all but inevitable – but he need to make life uncomfortable for opposition players and that is anything that is not constantly correct of Arsenal defenders. Gaps could seem in the defence – in particular as Luiz focuses on the ball and not the space about him – but his so-referred to as howlers in his game have diminished more than current seasons.
Lastly, Luiz is wonderful in possession. In correct Brazilian style, he is each daring and deadly with the ball at his feet, even as a defender.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 7, 2019
The capacity to play out from the back, to calmly manage possession, and to slice teams open is a massive increase, in particular when he is most likely to be paired with Sokratis, adding an added element to Arsenal’s game in possession.
It is constantly a bit challenging to judge a player coming out of an additional league. It is even tougher when you are not rather confident what level that league is at. A single thing’s for confident: Kieran Tierney is pretty very good at attacking.
The left-back will be anticipated to deliver the similar impetus from defence as Sead Kolasinac final season, although he will do so with a bit a lot more grace. Fleet-footed and supremely comfy with the ball at his feet, Tierney is really fast and, a lot more impressively, retains manage of the ball when operating at speed.
Encouragingly, he also has an eye for a pass. If his time at Celtic is something to go by, the 22-year-old is not interested in blinding operating to the byline prior to flashing a hopeful ball across aim. That is not to say he does not cross the ball – he does, and he does so pretty generally – but he is also content to appear inside for a pass into the channel, anything that need to suit the likes of Mesut Ozil, Dani Ceballos and Alexandre Lacazette, all of whom get pleasure from getting the ball to feet.
The greatest query marks are more than Tierney’s capacity to defend. The indications from his time in the Scottish Premiership are that he is a pretty strong defender, but the top quality of his opponents in the Premier League will be drastically greater (and the relative top quality of his personal group significantly reduced). After once more, his pace is really beneficial in defensive conditions, enabling him to make up for any errors of judgement,
If nothing at all else, Dani Ceballos need to be a lot of entertaining. Early observers have compared his style to that of a specific Santi Cazorla and, honestly, they do not appear as well far wide of the mark. I dare opposition sides to press this man.
Ceballos is not, although, your common attacking midfielder. He possesses great dribbling capacity and a highly effective shot from distance but do not anticipate to see him bursting into the box and having himself on the scoresheet.
Alternatively, Arsenal fans can be excited about a really gifted midfielder who will assist the side play out from the back and progress the ball excellently. Ceballos is a sensible passer who does take dangers but it is his fast feet that stand out most. Coupled with surprisingly impressive defensive output, his addition brings up the possibility of fielding a 3-man midfield.
Ceballos could even slot in on the left-hand side although, once more, no one need to then anticipate to see him contributing double figures in terms of targets. Figuring out how to get him in the group alongside Arsenal’s other midfielders will be the difficult component. He appears most likely to requires Mesut Ozil’s nominal quantity 10 function but could also push Granit Xhaka down to the bench, a move that would see him companion Torreira in midfield.
Wherever he does finish up playing (and whoever he ends up partnering), it need to be entertaining watching the Spaniard in red and white this season.
The most fascinating of the lot is, naturally, Arsenal’s record signing. A lot of concentrate has been on the defence in current years, and it is quick to see why, but signing an electric wide player currently would have been my quantity a single priority final summer season. This year it was ultimately addressed.
“He is higher volume, higher threat,” Phil Costa wrote for Arseblog upon Pepe’s arrival. And he’s not incorrect. A wide player who consistently attempts to beat his man and consistently tries to get shots away, Pepe drove Lille to a Champions League location with his spectacular performances final season.
As nicely as netting 22 Ligue 1 targets (nine penalties integrated), he also bagged 11 assists. A player who can build anything out of nothing at all each for himself and for group-mates is extremely important and bodes nicely for Arsenal.
Pepe will just about exclusively slot in on the ideal of Arsenal’s attack but that does not imply he’ll be spending 90 minutes operating in straight lines and having chalk on his boots. On the contrary, the Ivorian is most most likely to be observed collecting the ball in the half-space in between the wing and the middle of the pitch prior to starting a darting run. From there he can go inside – hunting for aim – or outdoors, in the hope of his beating his man and getting a group-mate inside the box. The capacity and willingness to go each approaches need to add a level of unpredictability Arsenal have been screaming out for in attack.
Perhaps there are query marks more than how challenging Pepe will perform, in particular when he lines up alongside Mesut Ozil, but otherwise this deal offers Arsenal so significantly a lot more verve going forward that it will be worth the occasional carelessness and the somewhat laid-back strategy to his defensive duties.
No one knows woo significantly about Martinelli. This was correct when he joined the club and it is nonetheless correct now, but the early indicators have been pretty promising.
From his pre-season outings, Martinelli displayed a nose for targets and a willingness to make runs in unsafe places, a trait that can only ever be optimistic. He also seems to be fairly fast, powerful provided his age, and a lot more than decent dribbler.
The Brazilian only turned 18 in June but it appears like he will be a member of the very first group squad this year. What that really signifies in terms of playing time remains to be observed.
What does this all imply for the way Arsenal will set up?
Firstly, it is worth noting that every single of the new signings are athletically impressive. David Luiz can be a physically dominant defender. Tierney and Pepe might seem slight but are extremely quick and can a lot more than hold their personal. Ceballos is surprisingly powerful with his lengthy stride. Martinelli, nonetheless just 18, is fairly tall, rather fast, and currently appears significant for his age. All this need to advantage Arsenal in their attempts to press the opposition.
Effectively, it signifies Unai Emery will seriously want to uncover a way to get Pepe on the pitch with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette. That just about absolutely signifies Aubameyang moves wide and Arsenal can anticipate to commence the season with him on the flank and either Ozil or Ceballos playing in the quantity 10 function.
That leaves the squad, assuming Mohamed Elneny leaves, hunting a small bit like this.
(Please note this is not what I’m suggesting need to occur, but what I see as the most most likely outcome!)
The apparent thin region is on the left exactly where, following the sale of Alex Iwobi, there is no apparent very first option player. If Aubameyang leads the line, any of Reiss Nelson, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Gabriel Martinelli, Bakayo Saka or Emile Smith Rowe could play on the left flank. Although, for now, Emery is most most likely to revert to seniority.
The subsequent apparent evolution of this Arsenal side would be a 3-man midfield. It is anything we didn’t see final season, therefore it is pointed out second right here, but the squad is seriously constructed for it now. The added protection provided to the defence would assist unshackle Arsenal’s frontline, whilst the addition of Ceballos and emergence of Joe Willock could give Arsenal a really balanced 3-man midfield.
And then there is, of course, the alternative to return to a back 3. This appears far from Emery’s priority for 2019/20 but if injuries strike in wide places, do not be as well shocked to see the Gunners revert to anything like this.
All in all, the transfer industry added quite significantly every little thing any Arsenal fan could’ve wanted when final season ended. The sale of Alex Iwobi does leave a hole on the left and could unbalance the attack but left-back and centre-back have been issue places and the club have also managed to add a central midfielder and the intuitive, flashy wide player the group has been screaming out for.