Everton linked with Welbeck move with Arsenal ready to sell

Unai Emery

The 27-year-old English worldwide has less than a year remaining on his contract and so a lucrative deal as a free agent is only one season of bench-warming away, if he was to be that way inclined.

With Arsenal to host reigning Premier League champions Manchester City in the season opener on Sunday, Emery could be in for a baptism of fire.

As his English drastically improved, so did pre-season performances and the general feeling around the club.

For now, Emery is simply looking to build an identity and improve.

"Most people recognised that our defence was poor last season", he said, per the Evening Standard.

"We need two things: quality players, which we have, and then organisation".

"Obviously, it remains to be seen how successful that is but that's an area he's focused on. His sessions are very intricate in that regard". Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Borussia Dortmund) and Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus) have come in to strengthen Arsenal's defensive corps, while Lucas Torreira (Sampdoria), who helped Uruguay to reach the Quarter-finals at this year's FIFA World Cup, looks like a dream signing for the holding midfield role the Gunners have been struggling to fill since Patrick Vieira left to join Juventus 13 years ago.

Arsenal have got some extremely talented players in attack.

Welbeck's preferred playing position is through the middle, but Arsenal are well stocked with Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang options for that spot.

Transfer Window podcast guest Ian McGarry thinks the mega £300,000-a-week contract issued to Arsenal star Mesut Ozil earlier this year has had an impact on the Ramsey's contract talks.

Meanwhile, City won the title with a record Premier League points haul of 100. I expect them back in the title.

The Gunners will start off their new era with as hard a match as they could have asked for.

"Like Arsene [Wenger], he's a workaholic: he's always watching film of training or the opposition". The ability for both him and De Bryune to drop deeper was a key to City's success, but both still provided end product as well, with Silva getting nine goals and 11 assists in 2437 minutes.

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