Arsenal eased past Southampton but how does Unai Emery take the squad forward to challenge the big boys?

After losing to Manchester City and Chelsea, the Gunners recovered to go 22 games unbeaten, Emery was the new sheriff in town.

The club shelled out £51million on new boys Lucas Torreira, Sokratis and Matteo Guendouzi who have all played their part in Arsenal being competitive again this term.

Like Wenger, the Spanish coach will not be judged on comfortable Sunday afternoon wins in the February sun against Southampton, how does he take it forward so Arsenal are in amongst it at the business end of the season?

With Aaron Ramsey on his way to Juventus, the Gunners are crying out for creativity and just as important, goals from midfield.

Strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette have hit 26 league goals between them and will need help next season.


You could say the strikers Emery has at his disposal need to do more, plenty of Arsenal fans insist the pair miss far too many chances, judging by today, they have a point.

Granit Xhaka, Mesut Ozil, Alex Iwobi and Lucas Torreira have managed just 11 between them, that number has to improve next season.

Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding will come back to stiffen up the defence next season, but Emery will want to sign another commanding central defender with his skipper Laurent Koscielny the wrong side of thirty.

And how do you solve a £350,000-a-week problem like Ozil?

If he's not injured, then he's got the sniffles, but the bottom line is Emery doesn't fancy him.

The German wants to play at his own pace and is happy to drift in and out of games when it suits.

That will not wash with Emery and he can cash in on the 30-year-old and get him off the wage bill, and will be able to sign a creative player ready to buy into his philosophy.

It will be a fascinating summer of recruitment at the Emirates, but the board have to back Emery if they have any chance of hanging on to the coat tails of the top four they used to occupy every year.

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