The new era at Arsenal is already in motion. While many things at this stage, especially on the field of play, may resemble Wenger’s work, it’s soon to change as the new manager Unai Emery makes his mark. In order to lay down his mark, Emery would have to do a lot of things including changing the club’s philosophy, the team’s style of play as well as adding few players of his own whom he thinks are better suited to his style of play. Focusing on the latter i.e. addition of new players, lets rate all of Arsenal’s top signings this summer and see what they bring to the team. Note that the summer transfer window is still open and if you think Arsenal is going to add a new face or two before the end, you can share who you think is going to come in at casino.netbet.co.uk.
The season is yet to start and we are yet to see Toreirra play in an Arsenal shirt but at this stage, it seems reasonable to state that this is probably the biggest signing that Emery has done. The reason why we say so is that Toreirra is the type of player that the team has been in need of for several years now, a defensive-minded midfielder who sits in his position letting other players go on and cause damage in the opposition half. Arsenal fans had the opportunity to see Toreirra play when he played for his national team Uruguay at the World Cup and he showed how good he is as a defensive midfielder especially against Portugal.
Verdict: 9/10. The only reason why we fail to give Toreirra a 10 is that he does not have the commanding stature that most defensive midfielders have.
This is another great addition to a position that really needs strengthening. Petr Cech last season showed that age is really catching up with him as he was a hit in some games and a miss in others. Such inconsistency proved time and time again to be Arsenal’s major downfall. Cech’s deputy last season David Ospina was not really convincing when called upon. Against this background, we can see why the addition of Bernd Leno to the team is important. Leno is already touted as one of Germany’s best exports in terms of goalkeepers and at just 26, he is still too young for a goalkeeper.
Verdict: 8/10. The reason why Leno does not score much higher is due to the fact that he has a mistake in him every now and then. He, however, can work on this.
Arsenal’s defence has been accused of being too soft on many occasions and this may just change owing to the arrival of Sokratis Papastathopoulos. Sokratis is a no-nonsense defender who starred in the Borussia Dortmund team. Sokratis is surely going to add defensive solidity to Arsenal’s backline while at the same time helping mould the club’s young defenders in Rob Holding, Calum Chambers and Konstantinos Mavropanos.
Verdict: 8/10. The reason why Sokratis fails to score higher is due to the fact that he is not a fast defender and it’s to be seen how he copes with pacy attackers in the Premier League.