It was never going to be easy for Arsenal to navigate the transition from Arsene Wenger to Unai Emery and the jury is still out on whether the Spaniard is the right man for the job. His debut season was very mixed ending in the fiasco that was Baku.
The 47-year-old arrived at the Emirates with an impressive winning record and hopes were raised that he would hit the ground running and when he guided the Gunners on an unbeaten 22 game run in all competitions, confidence was very high that the club had avoided what was transpiring at Man Utd since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson.
The high point last season was probably the 4-2 win over bitter local rivals Tottenham, who they face next Sunday and the manager, club and fans will be looking for a repeat this weekend and a quick check at Comeon betting sportsbook have the home side a very juicy 7/5 to record a second successive home win over Spurs.
If Emery is to succeed at the Emirates he needs the support of his players, especially the big-name stars and to some extent, they let him down at the back end of last season. They will have to deliver this season or it could be the last campaign that the former Sevilla coach oversees in North London.
Emery certainly has the pedigree, at PSG, he won the French Ligue 1 and four domestic cups and who can forget the three successive Europa League cups with Sevilla.
Arsenal has had a very good transfer window, they have brought in some quality talent, especially Nicolas Pepe from Lille and Dani Ceballos on loan from Spanish giants Real Madrid, players that excite and have the ability to shine in the English Premier League.
Experience came in the form of former Chelsea defender David Luiz, though his unpredictability is starting to cause some concern among the fan base. The club also brought in young talent in William Saliba, who they have loaned back to St Etienne for 12 months, Celtic flying left-back Kieran Tierney and Brazilian teenager Gabriel Martinelli.
Those new signings compliment the huge talent of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette, so Emery cannot complain that he does not have the tools to do the job this season.
The loss to Liverpool last weekend was definitely a disappointment and to some degree, Emery’s tactics contributed to the loss but he was not helped with some suicidal defending from new signing Luiz.
The next couple of months will be crucial for Emery, he will see the return of long term injured Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin which will strengthen the defence immensely and probably for the first time in his tenure at Arsenal will have a full-strength squad to pick from.
The minimum that the fans and probably the hierarchy at the club expect is a top-four finish and there cannot be any excuses this term, the first season can be excused because it was a new league and culture and that always takes a bit of time to adapt to but it really is a make or break season for Emery. He is unlikely to be given another chance.