It is right to be skeptical but also be a tad balanced here. I think anyone in our situation is going to struggle for the next ~2 years - the league is going to be tough and even top 4 unless Chelsea and/or Spurs fall a bit (which is possible, certainly for Chelski) may be a stretch. We have been falling down the relative pecking order of top 5/6 the last couple of years and while Auba and Micki helped last year, we still finished with tragic points total.
With better organization and some actual tactical direction - combined with what seem more serious coaching and training methods (we’ll see), it is reasonable to be somewhat optimistic.
To those that are slamming the appointment and anyone who says the slightest positive thing about it, step back a bit… nobody is really lauding this appointment as the savior - everyone is a bit worried even if we pretty much all believe this is at least an improvement on Wenger.
What I don’t understand with all the evidence is the idea that there is zero chance of this working out better than we expect - just strikes me as a bit extreme given how little information we have relative to the real football people - and I’ll also say just in terms of results at his clubs, Emery’s record isn’t so tragic lol… I think we are bit overly tainted by the capitulation to Barca (perhaps the most lethal attacking force ever that year). Stepping back and looking at the preponderance of data around Emery, it has areas of concern but also areas to be somewhat positive about. To his style, etc. - I can’t comment much b/c I haven’t watched enough of his teams; however, I would say that a first step of;
- More serious training
- Better tactics
- Better organization and discipline
Is a very solid first step and very needed.
Aside from all that, I would say on balance our transfer business is heading the right direction - am I thrilled? Not really, but I think the signings are all intelligent and reasonable with the possible exception of Leno (and I think it is also reasonable to give him the chance if one of the best GK coaches thinks he can improve him). I believe we will clear out more dead wood and possibly get an attacking wing player and if that happens, I’d give this summer’s transfer business at least a B+.