Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher is predicting that we will see a much more tactically astute and disciplined Arsenal side this season under the North London club’s new boss Unai Emery.
During the second period of former boss Arsene Wenger’s 22-year reign as manager, the Gunners were routinely criticised for their tactical naivety.
However, Emery is a coach famed for his tactical nous and attention to detail, with Carragher reckoning that it will be a very different Arsenal we see in the Premier League this season – even comparing the Gunners boss to master tactician, Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez.
”In the past, Arsenal have won games on great football, individual brilliance and having great attacking players. What we’ll see Arsenal do more this season is win games tactically. You will look at games and say ‘that’s the manager, he has set up a certain way,’’ Carragher told Sky Sports.
”He is going to be a very similar manager to a manager I had in Rafa Benitez, going from a team that wasn’t one of the giants in Spain but was still competing and winning trophies. He makes it difficult for teams to play against them and will play 4-2-3-1. It will be very similar to Rafa.”