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3 reasons why Nuno Espirito Santo is the right man for the Arsenal job

Fambeat
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02 Dec 2019, 18:40 IST

Nuno Espirito Santo
Nuno Espirito Santo

Unai Emery has been sacked as Arsenal head coach 18 months after taking charge. The Spaniard, who made a name for himself at Sevilla after leading the Andalusian club to 3 Europa League titles, went on to join Paris Saint-Germain where he gave them domestic success and was subsequently appointed as the Gunners boss in May 2018.

His time at The Emirates was never a smooth one and things took a turn for the worse in recent times. Arsenal went for 7 games without a victory after having lost 1-2 to Eintracht Frankfurt at home in the Europa League. This was their worst run of form since February 1992 when the streak lasted for 8 games under George Graham. The Europa League defeat was enough to put a nail in the coffin for Emery’s time at The Emirates. Former Arsenal midfielder Freddie Ljungberg who worked as an assistant at the club has taken over on an interim basis. 

There are many names being discussed as who can take over at the Emirates on a long term basis. Wolverhampton Wanderers coach Nuno Espirito Santo is one of the favourites to take over the job. Here are 3 reasons as to why the Portuguese coach will be a success at the Emirates.


1. Good in setting up backlines

Arsenal 
Arsenal 

As seen from his stints at Valencia and Wolverhampton Wanderers, Nuno pays specific attention to the backline and usually favours a 3 man backline which can be converted to 5 man defense when they are facing opposition attacks. He has also fielded a conservative 5 man backline against teams with huge firepower upfront and implements these formations with pretty compact on-field player positions. This helps the team to defend in numbers and chase the ball when they are not in possession. 

The number of defenders at the back helps in building the game from the back. All said and done, he’s tactically versatile and used to prefer a 4-3-3 or a 4-2-3-1 in his Valencia days and relied on a great amount of pressing by the players to help the team dispossess opposition sides. At Porto, he preferred a 4-4-2 which implies he relies on the strengths of the teams to implement formations on the field and Arsenal could greatly benefit from this. 

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