Arsenal’s squad review: Who stays or goes in goal?
Arsene Wenger’s protracted Arsenal reign came to a close at the season’s end. The 68-year-old was replaced by Unai Emery, a man 22 years his junior. The Gunners needed a new, contemporary direction. The Spaniard, having tasted success in recent times as both Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain manager, is expected to provide it.
Emery faces a difficult task. He must rebuild a faltering squad, one which ranked sixth on the Premier League ladder, Arsenal’s worst position since finishing 12th in 1994/95. Players grew overly comfortable under Wenger. They now lack structure, discipline, and arguably fight. The Gunners require several quality signings to stand any chance of bridging the gap to England’s top five teams.
We start by focusing on Arsenal’s goalkeeping department. Manchester City, United, Tottenham Hotspur, and Chelsea all possess elite shot-stoppers. Does Petr Cech rival Ederson, David de Gea, Hugo Lloris, and Thibaut Courtois? If Emery answers in the negative, could a new number one arrive at the Emirates this summer?