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|Arsenal season preview: Unai Emery facing tough job but Gunners are optimistic
| wwwpic5678 In our Arsenal season preview, we pick out three challenges facing Unai Emery as he prepares for his first campaign in charge. After 22 years under Arsene Wenger, Arsenal are stepping into the unknown. Unai Emery's appointment was confirmed back in May, giving him an entire summer to prepare for his first season in charge, but no one can be sure quite what to expect. Can he breathe new life into the Emirates Stadium? Can he make Arsenal contenders again?
Upping the intensityEmery arrived at Arsenal with the promise of an exciting new style of football. The former Valencia and Paris Saint-Germain manager favours a high-pressing approach, with players required to work tirelessly to win back possession in dangerous areas. Applying that philosophy has been the focus of Arsenal's pre-season preparations.
Sorting out the defencewwwpic5678 Arsenal's biggest weakness last season was undoubtedly their defence. Wenger's side conceded 51 goals in the Premier League - more than seventh-placed Burnley and more, even, than 10th-placed Newcastle. It was, in fact, the most they had conceded in a single season under Wenger.
The Ozil conundrumOne of Emery's priorities will be to get the best out of Mesut Ozil. The 29-year-old endured a traumatic World Cup campaign with Germany, but his subsequent withdrawal from international football will allow him to focus on club football. It will also increase his recovery time throughout the campaign.
Charlie Nicholas' verdictI'm very happy with Emery's arrival; you can guarantee these Arsenal players know that if they don't perform they will be moved on. Lichtsteiner will play if Bellerin doesn't, Leno pushes one of the other goalkeepers out and, with two central midfielders holding, wwwpic5678 Ozil will finally play in the No 10 role where he's most effective. I think Aubameyang and Lacazette will be able to do damage, so I'm really pleased with how it is taking shape. I'm very hopeful Ramsey will sign a new contract and I'd like to see it sorted before the season starts.