Below is a comment RC78 wrote on 22/5/18 in response to a question from Micky about Unai Emery’s style of play and what we can expect. RC78 was convinced Mesut would be a sacrificial lamb to Emery’s favoured high press tactic. (So far he has been right about Calum Chambers, Jack and the recruitment of the DM.)
What do you think – would benching the player who creates more chances than anyone else be crazy or make perfect sense in the new system?
Guys – I can tell you all about Emery. The guy is a football fanatic…He is so meticulous and he wants his teams to play with character and aggression. He wants the teams to play:
1. Direct football – get to the box as fast as possible
2. Fast counter attack based on placed attacks
3. High press
At PSG, his desire, attention to details and aggression were not well appreciated by some players. He loves videos and he loves tactical chats.
With him as a coach, I am worried for either Miky or Ozil because there will be space for only one of them in the team. He will move Ramsey up the pitch for sure. He will also heavily rely on Auba and I think Lacaz will have a role to play up front as well so I can see the front three to be:
Ramsey, Auba – Lacaz
He will also want 3 mids with quite an engine so I expect to see Emery keep Xhaka as a starter but in a different role and I think that he will try to recruit a DM and if he doesn’t get the one he wants, he will ask Wilshere to play there so you will have
Xhaka, RECRUIT, Miky OR Xhaka, Jack, Miky
In terms of his full-backs, he relies on attacking minded full backs so expect Bellerin and Koli to be starters
In terms of his CB, he wants 1 old school CB that is strong in the air and on the man and 1 CB that is more modern with pace, positional awareness and good passing range. Expect us to recruit another CB.
Cech – Bellerin, Mavropanos, RECRUIT, Koli – Xhaka, RECRUIT, Miky – Ramsey, Auba – Lacaz
That leaves Wilshere and Ozil on the bench but he will make that team work because all of them are ready to play with heart. They will give him what he wants and they will maximize their potential.
Expect players like Mustafi, Chambers, Holding, Iwobi to be sidelined.
Expect players like Ozil, Wilshere to be frustrated but to fight for their place.
Expect players like Welbeck, AMN and Nketiah to be given a chance.
The guy is a football freak but he can maximize a team’s potential. With him, I feel that Top 4 is achievable and that a Cup win is on the cards.
If our recruitment team can get him a solid CB like Koulibaly (Sokratis – ed), a solid DM like Gueye (Torreira – ed) and maybe 2 promising defenders (1 RB and 1 CB), he will deliver to meet clubs and fans expectations.
Taken from a comment written by RC78