Sky Sports pundit warns Arsenal about tougher tests under Unai Emery

Matt Le Tissier isn't getting carried away with Arsenal's winning run in the Premier League

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Matt Le Tissier doesn’t believe Arsenal have been truly tested since bouncing back from a difficult start to the Premier League season.

The Gunners appointed Unai Emery as their new manager in the summer after Arsene Wenger led Arsenal to a disappointing sixth-placed finish in his final campaign in charge.

The north London side suffered a comprehensive 2-0 loss to defending Premier League champions Manchester City in their opening fixture of the 2018-19 season.

Arsenal made the short trip across the English capital in their second fixture but lost 3-2 to Chelsea FC in an entertaining derby encounter at Stamford Bridge in August.

Emery’s side have recovered from their early setbacks to record sixth successive Premier League victories to hoist themselves up the Premier League table.

Indeed, the Gunners are in fourth place in the Premier League table and a mere two points adrift of defending champions Manchester City, Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC.

However, Sky Sports pundit Le Tissier insisted that Arsenal will come up against some more difficult teams in the next couple of months in the Premier League.

“In terms of Arsenal’s form, they beat Fulham at the weekend and previous to that they were lucky against Watford and Everton, while only beating Newcastle and Cardiff by the odd goal,” Le Tissier told Sky Sports.

“I don’t think they have been tested that much really, and they lost their two games against Manchester City and Chelsea – although they were unlucky against Chelsea.

“It has been nine wins in a row in all competitions, but I’m not sure the opposition in those games has been so good that they can get over-confident about their run and their title chances.”

Arsenal eased to victories over Cardiff City, West Ham, Newcastle United, Everton and Watford during their winning run under the Spanish head coach.

The Gunners were 5-1 winners against Fulham at Craven Cottage last weekend thanks in part to braces from Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Next up for the north London side is a home clash against 2016 champions Leicester City as Emery’s men look to notch up a seventh successive Premier League win on Monday 22 October.

Arsenal have scored 19 times in the Premier League this season thanks in part to the form of Aubameyang and Lacazette in the English top flight so far.

The Gunners are the division’s second-highest goal-scorers behind defending champions Manchester City, who have netted 21 goals.

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