The professor’s overcoat : Arsenal number one talks about changing tactics under Unai Emery

Arsenal started their Premier League journey with a defeat against Manchester City.


The outlook today is different from the previous years. From Highbury to Emirates, times have changed but what remained constant was the old figure of the professor on the Arsenal touch line. No, we are not talking about any ordinary professor, he is a master tactician, a philosopher and an architect all together.

Arsene Wenger happens to be the name of the favourite teacher of Gunners faithful. He isn’t just any other manager, he is a man who has built an institution in the name of Arsenal. A man who has served his beloved institute for 22 long years and continues to be a fan of the club that he has brought up with his own hands. Times have now changed and the overcoat has come off, and their is a new faculty in charge.

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With a change on the touchline there has been significant change in procedures right from training to game-play. After all, the new boss wants things to be done his way. With his arrival, Emery has brought in a new style of play into the Arsenal locker room, according to veteran custodian Petr Cech. Arsenal have played some flamboyant attacking football at the International Champions Cup and went into their opening game of the Premier League with a glimmer of hope against reigning champions Manchester City. However, they had to face an early reality check when City went into the lead courtesy of a Raheem Sterling strike before City registered their first away points of the season with the comfortable 2-0 victory at the Emirates.

Despite losing, Cech has his faith on new gaffer as he sees a rejuvenated and well-drilled Arsenal. And the change was quite eminent from their defeat. A team that usually played of the long ball from the back, Arsenal have started playing short passes from the back, a tactic that has started to become more popular with time. One player who has been a key in this style of play is 19-year-old Matteo Guendouzi. The Frenchman has shown immense amount of calmness over the ball alongside finding the right pass for the forwards.

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The loss signifies that Arsenal still have a lot of work to do to roll back their glory days. However, work seems to be under progress as the gunners have come up with a new role of pressing football that proves to be more effective with the likes of Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, two men who have the combination of pace and finishing skills. But their is more to just bringing up the new style. The main concern still remains the tenure of adapting to the style and fostering it.

Cech, who has been used to playing in the typical long ball style of play as a goalkeeper seems to be enjoying his role of playing out from the back despite the fact that this is the first time that the veteran custodian is doing so. However, the Arsenal man has kept his spot in between the sticks despite facing competition from German keeper Bernd Leno and remains confident to keep his spot.

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Arsenal has had a decent transfer window and till now, Emery seems to be a man with a long term goal who wants to abide by the values that the great club has been known for. However, the players along with Cech have urged the fans to remain patient for long term development of the club, citing example of Pep Guardiola and Manchester City and of the fact that the club has reaped results from it’s long term goals.

Arsenal have had plenty of positives to take from the City game and face their next test against rivals Chelsea, the only thing that remains under the pipeline is how they bounce back and register their first big win against the Blues.