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Following the confirmation of Unai Emery as the new boss of Arsenal, fans, legends and pundits have been propounding several theories as to what the Spaniard must do to bring back the glory days for the side.
And according to the Gunners legend Martin Keown, he wants Emery to add some “nastiness” to the side, suggesting that Paris Saint Germain midfielder Marco Verratti should be signed by him.
Several changes are expected to be made from players signing to the style of play to be adopted. The midfield of the Gunners has been the pivot for their swashbuckling style and while the defense is expected to be bolstered, Emery is expected to make strengthening of the midfield a top priority in his agenda.
Aaron Ramsey, and Jack Wilshere are yet to extend their contract with the Gunners, Mohamed Elneny and Granit Xhaka have failed under Arsene Wenger to impose themselves in the team of Arsenal
Verratti was a mainstay for Paris Saint Germain during the reins of Emery at Parc des Princes and he is very much on the radar of Real Madrid and Barcelona, with Man United who were previously linked.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Martin Keown reckons that the Italian midfielder would be a perfect fit for Arsenal.
“To expect that Emery will transform this team into champions overnight is unrealistic.
“Arsenal has been run Arsene Wenger’s way for 22 years and, given the sheer spending power of the Manchester clubs, the competition is fierce.
“Emery inherits a side that can do damage in the final third but lacks a steeliness and a nastiness, particularly away from home. If he can restore these ingredients, then Arsenal can at least challenge in the Premier League.
“The fans want to see a team that can dig in, battle and scrap.
“Emery needs to bring in a player like Marco Verratti, who he managed at Paris Saint-Germain, to instil those qualities in midfield.”