Big questions still for Emery to answer A year-and-a-half or so into his tenure, there are some pertinent things we still don’t know about Unai Emery. Top of the list is the identity of his first-choice team and the small matter of whether or not Emery actually believes in establishing a clearly defined elite XI. On balance, it seems not.As is his wont, the Arsenal boss tried something different for the north London derby, switching formation and selecting his new PALs – Nicolas Pepe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette – in unison for the first time. While the deployment mostly worked, the awkwardness of shoehorning a centre-forward poacher as an inside forward was a major post-match talking point for the Sky Sports pundits. Jose, Sol and co: The big NLD verdictAnalysis: Guendouzi shines for ArsenalPremier League report and highlightsThe 4-3-3 presented other issues too. Although Matteo Guendouzi shone, Lucas Torreira is better suited to centre stage and the argument over whether Granit Xhaka ought to be Arsenal’s anchor is surely now over: since the start of 2016/17, no player has conceded more penalties in the Premier League than Xhaka. It was noticeable, too, that Arsenal’s most threatening period of the… Read full this story
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