Ian Wright: What I find encouraging about Unai Emery’s start at Arsenal

The Arsenal legend praises Unai Emery for making tough decisions in his opening two Premier League games

Arsenal star Mesut Ozil Photo: Paddy Power

Ian Wright has praised Unai Emery for his willingness to make big decisions at Arsenal in the opening weeks of the Premier League season.

The Gunners appointed Emery as Arsene Wenger’s replacement back in May after Arsenal finished in sixth place in the Premier League table.

The north London side signed five new players in the summer transfer window to improve Emery’s squad ahead of his first season in England football.

Granit Xhaka was handed a new long-term contract during the summer in a show of faith from the Spanish head coach despite the Switzerland international’s underwhelming form.

World Cup winner Mesut Ozil has also remained at the League Cup runners up despite a difficult 12 months or so for both club and country.

Arsenal suffered a 2-0 defeat by defending Premier League champions Manchester City in their Premier League opener at The Emirates at the start of the month.

Emery substituted both Ozil and Xhaka during Arsenal’s 3-2 loss to Chelsea FC at Stamford Bridge last weekend to continue their winless start to the Premier League campaign.

Former Arsenal star Wright has credited Emery for making tough decisions during the Premier League clashes so far.

“What was encouraging was that he made those substitutions, which are big substitutions for me,” Wright told Sky Sports.

“Xhaka would have stayed on under Wenger, so would Ozil, and what’s that said now in that dressing is that ‘no one’s going to be safe, if you don’t do what we need you to do, you’re coming off’ and I’m pleased to see that.”

Arsenal signed Stephan Lichtsteiner, Bernd Leno, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi in the summer.

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