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5 Arsenal players Unai Emery may possibly sign for Newcastle if he takes over premier league manager role

Football is the sport that keeps on giving. Even at times when all seems relatively settled something comes flying out of nowhere to take us all by surprise. Unai Emery potentially taking over the vacant Newcastle post being one such event.

There is always room for the unexpected and a current Champions League manager returning to the division where he endured the toughest spell of his managerial career to try and steer a Championship-level squad away from relegation is, as far as definitions go, a fairly apt one.

Already this week Arsenal have watched on as Antonio Conte has taken of the reins at Tottenham and the return of Unai Emery to the Premier League would top off classic week of off-field Barclays.

Sitting as pretty as they have done this term in sixth position after the 2-0 win over Leicester, Arsenal are looking down for a change, but with a touch of sideways. Such ongoings are unavoidable

Arsenal: 5 Gunners players Unai Emery could sign for Newcastle if he takes over the role of manager at the Premier League side

It’s not certain Emery will be moving to Tyneside, however. In fact, it looks in doubt.

He remains the Magpies number one candidate to come in and steady their sinking ship, as they seek for a coach capable of organising a brittle team and maximising output from average players.

The deal is on a knife edge though, as Villarreal and Emery’s camps have been left infuriated by the strength of the reports on the eve of the Yellow Submarine hosting a crunch Champions League tie, reports George Caulkin.

Wages and personal terms are yet to be agreed and there is every chance this move falls flat on its face. Newcastle may to look elsewhere, and that could be Eddie Howe; someone who, if it was forgotten, got relegated in his most recent job 15 months ago. He did achieve a fair few promotions, mind you.

So, while it may not be, it will be fun to imagine that Emery is going to be handed the keys to St James’ Park. And if he does, the desire for Premier Leagueexperienced players who he is familiar with could see him raid his former employers. Or not, but it’s fun to delve into.

1. Hector Bellerin

One of the standout names in the Arsenal squad whom Emery could make a move for is Hector Bellerin, who will return from his simple loan at Real Betis with just one year left to run on his deal.

Out of favour under Mikel Arteta for large spells last season, his return isn’t expected to see Takehiro Tomiyasu move out of the team either and a sale is inevitable.

In a long, drawn out and ultimately failed effort to move Bellerin on for money in the summer, Villarreal were one of the sides keen on bringing the right-back back to La Liga.

When fit, Bellerin got plenty of minutes under his former manager and being still at a good age there is little reason for Emery to have changed his mind on wanting to sign him now he’s at least playing more regularly in Seville.

2. Sead Kolasinac

A move that would benefit Arsenal greatly, with the January window ten matches away from opening there is expected to be a fair amount of activity for Newcastle as they desperately aim to inject some quality into the squad.

Sead Kolasinac has been heavily linked with a move to Turkey in the event of a contract termination, and with the Magpies’ endless riches they could offer him a deal he may not be able to turn down, regardless of his desire to move back to Europe.

Comparisons were drawn between Arteta’s use of Tierney and Emery’s use of Kolasinac, with both players seeing plenty of the ball under their respective managers with a large emphasis on building, or at least finishing, attacking moves through them.

Not short of experience in the division, even if it would only be a short term deal Emery might want to call on some of his most trusted former men to help guide the Toon Army back up the table.

It would be most welcome.

3. Mohamed Elneny

Unfortunately for Mohamed Elneny he didn’t feature a great deal when Emery was in charge at Arsenal for his only full season.

Playing eight times in the Premier League and making 17 outings overall, he then went out on loan to Besiktas the following campaign and returned when there was a new manager at the helm.

But what about a touch of security in the centre of the pitch? How about someone who will keep the ball better than most at Newcastle and at least potentially allow them to retain possession and move some players into the uncharted territory otherwise known as ‘the other half of the pitch’?

Elneny would come in on the cheap with his deal running out at the end of the season and supporters of the club would know he’s capable of scoring the occasional long range screamer, which is near enough their only hope of finding the back of the net.

He knows the league, he knows what it’s like to play negative football – it’s his prerogative – so where is the harm in a short term deal?

4. Ainsley Maitland-Niles

Mr. Full-back/wing-back for Emery during the 2018/19 season, Ainsley Maitland-Niles played the full 90 minutes in the final six matches of the Gunners’ ill-fated Europa League campaign in the right wing-back slot in the Spaniard’s 3-4-3 shape.

Injury prevented him from featuring more in the Premier League but when fit he was still given plenty of minutes, almost always on the right and never in the middle.

There was a large degree of confidence shown in Maitland-Niles from Emery and that trust was carried through into the start of the following campaign where he was the first choice right-back.

For someone who is a member of the current squad but not a regular starter, however the current season pans out it seems unlikely that Maitland-Niles will remain in north London beyond the summer.

He is featuring in his favoured central midfield slot, albeit exclusively from the bench, and if an offer were to come in over the winter it’s something Arsenal would certainly consider as they could shift attentions to bringing someone else to the club.

A slightly more exciting and progressive midfielder, the 24-year-old could link up with his former teammate and long-time friend Joe Willock. Heck, he’d do a job until Newcastle start trying for the Joshua Kimmich’s of this world.

5. Lucas Torreira

Ignore central midfielders. Ignore holding midfielders. What about adding some essential creativity into the squad with a certified No. 10? Someone who can share the minutes with Willock?

Enter Lucas Torreira.

Signed by Emery in the summer of 2019 for a hefty £26m, Torreira played his best football under the former manager (it was only brief) and became one of the first names on the team sheet.

Arteta used the Uruguayan in the opening spell of his tenure before injury cut that short, whereas you can be absolutely certain if Emery was still in charge Torreira would be the key creative force in that No. 10.

Yes, it’s a joke, but the rage inducing implementation of a player who was 100% defensive midfielder and 0% attacking midfielder might still be the way Emery sees it. Arsenal fans didn’t, but what do we know?

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