Who is a better Arsenal coach

This article discusses the differences between Wenger's Arsenal football team and Emery's Arsenal football team. At the time of the writing this article Emery has only been in charge of coaching Arsenal for 11 months. The aim of the article is to find out if Emery has changed Arsenal for the better or if he has achieved better results than Wenger would have in his first 6 months of the English Premier League(EPL). Moreover, this is an instrument to measure the performance of the Emery.

Unai Emery signed players

First of all, it may be too early judge Emery having only been at Arsenal for 6 months. In spite of this, there has been a few notable changes by Emery. He has signed a 5 new players, Lucas TorreiraBernd LenoSokratis PapastathopoulosMatteo Guendouzi and Stephan Lichtsteiner. Emery has also released two playersJack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla. Lucas Torreira (Uruguayan Pitball) has added some extra bite in the middle field which under Arsen Wenger last season with Arsenal was failing to bulldoze and be physical when competing for the ball in the middle field. Bernd Leno, has been the best signing Emery has made, after David Seaman retired from Football, Wenger has struggled to find a replacement goalkeeper of the same high standards. Leno's ability to play from the back strengths his starting position in the team as compared to Petr Čech. However, a surprise signing was that off Stephan Lichtsteiner, since he does not fit the mold of the typical Arsenal right back(Héctor Bellerín). His not very good at attacking and has made crucial defensive errors in the EPL games against (Brigton & Hove Albion FC, Liverpool FC).

In the 2019-20 season Emery brought out the check book splashed money on 60 million pounds on an over priced Nicolas Pépé. Other signings included out of form Brazilian defender David Luiz, Gabriel Martinelli, Kieran Tierney and load deal for Dani Ceballos. After all of Emery's signing 5 month into the EPL he is strugling to sort out the defensive problems that saw Wenger leave Arsenal.

Arsenal Formations used by Unai Emery

Beside signing new players to Arsenal, the other noticeable change is that of constantly changing the formations. It seems as if Emery, has not settled with a specific formation. The former PSG coach has tried the following formations in the EPL:
  1. 3-4-3
  2. 4-3-3
  3. 4-2-3-1
  4. 3-4-2-1
  5. 3-1-4-2 
The two top side in the EPL have both employed 1 and 2 formations. Liverpool has used 4-3-3 and 4-2-3-1 formations. Moreover, Manchester City has used only 4-3-3 formation in this years EPL.

Mesut Ozil

One more interesting note, is regarding the performance and use of one of the best players in the world, Mesut Ozil. Currently, speculations are rife that he might leave Arsenal after only playing 13 matches out 21 matches of in the EPL. In 2017-18, the German play maker played 26 matches, scored 4 goals and had 8 assists. In 2015-16 season, Ozil was the players of the year for Arsenal, he scored 6 goals and assisted in a remarkable 19 goals. These statistics, clearly show Mesut Ozil is not performing as well as he can under Unai Emery. The new Arsenal coach is believed to not favour Ozil because of his work rate without the ball.

Wenger Arsenal vs Emery Arsenal Statistics

Compare statics of Arsenal 2017-18 first 19 games with Arsenal 2018-19 first 19 games.

Arsenal season 2017-18 vs 2018-19 First 19 games

The statistics do not lie, the results are very similar with Emery just wining the race with a minor margin over Wenger by 4 points. Finally, the statistics show that very little change has occurred at Arsenal. Hopefully, Emery will settle on a formation and bring new players that will add and move Arsenal back to the top of the EPL, to the dominant era of Theirry Henry and Patrick Viera.

Do you think Emery is a better coach than Wenger? Let us have your thoughts by commenting below.

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