Tony Cascarino: What is encouraging about Arsenal under Unai Emery

The Chelsea FC legend is encouraged by Unai Emery's start at Arsenal

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Arsenal manager Unai Emery Photo: Football.eu / Wikimedia

Tony Cascarino says it is encouraging to see Unai Emery attempt to accommodate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette in the Arsenal team.

The Gunners have made a promising start to the Premier League season despite a difficult opening two fixtures under Arsene Wenger’s replacement.

The north London side lost to defending champions Manchester City and FA Cup winners Chelsea FC at the start of the Premier League campaign.

Arsenal have won four successive Premier League games to hoist themselves into sixth spot in the Premier League table above Manchester United.

The Gunners have eased to victories over Newcastle United, West Ham, Cardiff City and Everton to ease pressure on Emery.

The Arsenal boss secured a 2-0 win over Everton thanks to goals from his attacking duo Aubameyang and Lacazette.

Former Chelsea FC striker Cascarino is impressed with the Arsenal manager’s efforts to play the two strikers in his team.

“One good sign about Unai Emery’s early days at Arsenal is that he seems to be trying to work out a way of playing that allows him to start both Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang,” Cascarino told The Times.

“Arsenal look a much more threatening team with both forwards in the starting XI and having Lucas Torreira and Granit Xhaka in midfield gives good balance between attack and defence.

“I said last season that Lacazette looks isolated when he doesn’t have like-minded forwards playing in and around him so he can play flicks and quick interchanges.

“The pair get on well off the pitch too — if Emery can get both of them firing on it they can score 40 to 50 goals between them this season.”

Arsenal finished in sixth place in the Premier League table last term to miss out on a Champions League spot for the second successive season.

The Gunners will welcome fourth-placed Watford to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday knowing that a win would hoist them above the Hornets.

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