New Arsenal manager Unai Emery is set to build his squad around striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Aaron Ramsey, sports men report. The Spanish coach who succeeded Arsene Wenger made his plans clear to the board during his interview which was the major reason he got the job.
The plan will put Mesut Ozil on the hot seat who under former manager was the undisputed talisman of the team. Ozil’s standing was recognized with a £350,000-a-week deal that runs till 2021 making him the highest paid player at the club.
According to report Emery blew Arsenal’s recruitment team away with a stunning presentation two weeks before he got the job. Chief executive Ivan Gazidis along with head of football relations Raul Sanllehi and head of recruitment.
Sven Mislintat were said to be impressed with the forensic analysis of every player in Arsenal’s squad and his exact plans on how he would improve them. And the former Paris Saint-Germain coach has identified Aubameyang and Ramsey as the two key players in his team at the moment.
The Gabon international scored 10 goals in 13 Premier League matches after making a move from Dortmund in January. On the other hand, Ramsey, endured a mixed campaign but his raw talent has never been been questioned but his future remains at Arsenal with his contract having just a year to run.
The incoming Spanish manager will have to make the Welshman’s contract situation a priority if he is to put the 27-year-old at the centre of his plans. A source said “He knew more about the Arsenal squad and every relevant detail about their career path and injury histories than people who had been at the club for years.
“They’d no idea where he had gathered his information but they were mesmerised by the vision he put before them.” During his one-season spell with PSG, the 46-year-old won the Ligue title and two domestic trophies in France. He also won three consecutive Europa League titles with Sevilla in the 2013/14, 2014/15 and, 2016/17 seasons respectively.
Meanwhile, it had earlier been reported that Arsenal has announced the ex-Sevilla coach as Wenger’s successor at the Emirates.