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What Arsenal may appear like now had they not sacked Unai Emery with Guendouzi in first XI

Former Arsenal supervisor Unai Emery defied the chances on Tuesday night as he led his Villarreal aspect to the Champions League semi-finals after seeing off German giants Bayern Munich over two legs. Villarreal held Bayern to a 1-1 draw on the Allianz Area lower than per week after the Spanish aspect had gained the primary leg 1-0.

Emery has loved a profitable spell in Spain after being appointed as Villarreal boss in the summertime of 2020 and led his aspect to Europa League glory final 12 months. The 50-year-old, who was linked with the vacant Newcastle United job following their takeover final autumn, was given his marching orders at Arsenal after a poor begin to the 2019/20 marketing campaign. He had lasted lower than 18 months.

But when he had stayed in north London, he may properly have introduced success to the membership given how properly he’s performing in Spain. The squad would clearly look lots completely different, nonetheless, and Specific Sport takes a have a look at how Arsenal may now be lining up underneath the Spaniard.

Goalkeeper – Leno

Arsenal signed Bernd Leno the identical summer season they appointed Emery. And the German quickly ousted Petr Cech from the aspect to turn out to be the Gunners’ No 1. Leno carried out properly underneath his earlier supervisor and would greater than probably nonetheless be Arsenal’s foremost shot-stopper had the Spaniard stayed on the membership.

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Defence – Bellerin, Saliba, Chambers, Tierney

Arsenal’s backline wasn’t probably the most stable underneath Emery, with Shkodran Mustafi and the ageing David Luiz typically enjoying within the centre of defence. It was Emery who signed William Saliba in the summertime of 2019 – and the younger Frenchman may now be starring for the Gunners if issues had turned out otherwise.

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Emery would have little doubt delved into the switch market to seek out one other prime centre-back to associate Saliba had he stayed – and he could have discovered different choices to Ben White and Gabriel, who joined after he had departed. However had Emery been required to stay with what he had on the time, Calum Chambers might need made a reputation for himself in north London.

The 27-year-old was an everyday underneath Emery however ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament simply weeks after the present Villarreal boss left the membership. He struggled to carry down a beginning place after getting back from damage and joined Aston Villa earlier this 12 months. Kieran Tierney would greater than probably be occupying the left-back place, whereas Hector Bellerin may even nonetheless be plying his commerce on the correct aspect of the Gunners defence.

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Midfield – Torreira, Willock, Guendouzi

Not one Arsenal participant made extra appearances for the membership than Lucas Torreira did throughout Emery’s spell on the Emirates Stadium. And the 26-year-old, who’s at the moment on mortgage at Fiorentina, may nonetheless be occupying a midfield position in the present day underneath his former boss.

Matteo Guendouzi was additionally an everyday underneath Emery and could possibly be one other participant nonetheless offering defensive safety and midfield power had Mikel Arteta not taken cost on the expense of his predecessor. Elsewhere within the centre of the pitch, Joe Willock was beginning to get alternatives throughout Emery’s second season on the helm and will have nailed down an everyday beginning place by now.

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Forwards – Martinelli, Aubameyang, Saka

Gabriel Martinelli was handed his Arsenal debut underneath Emery. And the teen’s apparent abilities have been plain for all to see. So he would have certainly turn out to be an everyday within the Gunners aspect underneath Emery, similar to he has executed underneath Arteta.

Bukayo Saka was one other younger participant coming by means of when Emery was in cost. And the England worldwide would have unequivocally impressed underneath the Spaniard. Martinelli and Saka would now probably be enjoying in a entrance three alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who was sensational underneath Emery. The Gabon worldwide was ultimately banished from the group underneath Arteta following a disciplinary breach and was shipped off to Barcelona earlier this 12 months.

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