Arsenal has had a below-average season so far, with the side witnessing a series of managerial changes midway into the 2019/20 season. Unai Emery left after 18 months in charge, with former player and Swede Freddie Ljungberg taking the reins on a caretaker basis. Former player, and immediate former Manchester City assistant manager Mikel Arteta has been unveiled as the permanent manager on a three and a half-year deal, but who has been the clubs most valuable player so far? Fans can enjoy live online football betting with Betway as the EPL draws to the second leg.
Gabon international Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been Arsenal’s source of goals this far, continuing from where he left off last season. Without his contribution, his team would be languishing somewhere close to the relegation spots, if not deep in it. Interestingly, despite all that, he is not the club’s MVP.
It is former Lille forward, and club’s record signing Nicolas Pepe who scoops the club’s Most Valuable Player of the season. Pepe scored his first Arsenal goal from open play against London rivals West ham in their 3-1win last month. He went on to score another goal and make two valuable assists in 15 appearances.
From data secured from leading sports data company Opta, Pepe emerged the eventual pick for the slot. An algorithm for assessing player performances was developed, and that forms the basis of how the winners are picked.
The naming of Pepe as the club’s Most Valuable Player certainly comes as a big surprise for many, given the amount of time he has taken to adapt to the Premier League. The Ivory Coast international was signed for 72 million pounds, and a lot was expected from him, with many predicting that alongside Aubameyang and Lacazette, Arsenal would finally topple the prolific Liverpool trio of Sadio Mane, Mo Salah, and Roberto Firmino.
Arsenal currently sits 11th on the league table, 8 points above relegation, and nine behind fourth-placed Chelsea. In a season that the gunners started so well, they currently trail runaway leaders Liverpool by 26 points after 18 matches, with a game to play for the Merseysiders. EPL continues this festive season, and you can bet on your favourite teams with Betway.
Rumours were all over the internet linking several managers to the Arsenal top job, even before the dismissal of Unai Emery. After Tottenham parted ways with Mauricio Pochetino, and Carlo Ancelloti left Napoli, expectation from the fans were that one of those top coaches would lead their charges. That was not to be, as Pochetino ruled himself out of the running, and rivals Everton moved swiftly to secure Ancelloti’s signature.
Pep Guardiola’s assistant, and former Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has eventually named the permanent replacement for his fellow Spaniard. It wasn’t the best news for the majority of the fans, owing to his lack of experience in management. Optimists will, however, hope that Arteta is the right man to turn the club fortunes for good. The Pep Guardiola apprentice will most likely use the Manchester City blueprint to turn results around, and fans will be hoping to see an improved Arsenal going into the new year. He will be tasked with handling the big egos in Mesut Ozil and the rest, and also getting the most out of the likes of Pepe and Lacazette, among other players.