Arsenal are one of the most successful clubs in the country, having won the top-flight league title and FA Cup thirteen times, the Community/Charity Shield fifteen times, and the League Cup twice. Unfortunately, we have been less successful in Europe with only one UEFA Cup Winners Cup and one Fairs Cup to our name.
However, this year we are one of the favourites to win a trophy in Europe according to the Europa League betting odds, but can we live up to expectations and win it?
Here are four reasons why we can:
After a fairly disappointing two-year spell at PSG, Unai Emery was released from his contract. Unsurprisingly the Spaniard was in high demand, but we managed to secure his services following the much-publicised departure of Arsene Wenger at the end of the season. Despite only being 47 years old, which is fairly young for a manager, Emery has had a fairly lengthy and successful career which started all the way back in 2004 at the tender age of just 32.
Emery has enjoyed success at most of the clubs he has been with, but his most successful spell came at Sevilla where he won three consecutive Europa League titles with the club. It’s his former success in the competition which will give fans hope that the Spaniard is able to replicate his Sevilla success in the competition with the Gunners.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang & Alexandre Lacazette
It’s very hard to find a world class natural goal-scorer in this climate, but we’ve managed to secure two of them. Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined the club in the summer and January transfer window respectively last season and made an immediate impact at the club, despite the club having their worst season in years.
The strikers have continued their goalscoring form into this season, scoring 16 goals between them so far. The goalscoring exploits of these two will be valuable in the latter rounds of the competition, and could be what carries us to the final.
One of the more impressive accomplishments which Emery has achieved during his short spell at the club so far is his lengthy unbeaten streak. After two consecutive losses in his first two competitive games, some sections of the media started the turn on the new manager. However, Emery and his team haven’t suffered a defeat since the 2-0 home defeat, and that 3-2 defeat against Chelsea and are now on a 17-game unbeaten streak (as of 28th November 2018) helping fans getting their bets right when betting with https://mobybets.com/.
Although this unbeaten streak will eventually come to an end, the team will be able to use this streak as inspiration to make it as far as possible in the competition.
Emery’s rotation policy
Many English clubs often treat the Europa League as a distraction rather than as an opportunity to win a European trophy, but it’s not seen that way by Emery. In a press conference back in September, the manager stated his intent to win the competition to qualify for the Champions League rather than battle it out for a top four finish.
It’s because of this desire to win the Europa League that rotation is likely to be kept to a minimum. This lack of rotation could backfire towards the end of the season as players start suffer from fatigue, but it could also work to their advantage due to the familiarity between the players.