Martin Keown: What I really think about Arsenal under Unai Emery
The Arsenal legend believes the Gunners are finally competitive again under Unai Emery
Martin Keown has expressed his relief to see Arsenal “competitive” in the Premier League once again.
The Gunners finished in sixth spot in the Premier League table last season to miss out on a place in the Champions League for the second successive campaign.
The north London side decided to part company with Arsene Wenger in the summer following his 22 seasons in charge of the Gunners.
Unai Emery took over the reins from the French head coach and he wasted no time signing five new players to improve his Arsenal squad.
The Gunners suffered successive losses to defending champions Manchester City and derby rivals Chelsea FC to suggest Emery would need a lot of time to turn around Arsenal’s ailing fortunes.
But the north London outfit have bounced back with six successive victories to hoist themselves up to fourth place in the table, just two points behind Manchester City, Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC.
Arsenal were 5-1 winners against promoted side Fulham in their last Premier League game before the international break, thanks to goals from Alexandre Lacazette, Aaron Ramsey and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Former Arsenal defender Keown is excited to see the Gunners start to show a competitiveness that was missing under Emery’s predecessor Wenger.
Asked whether he was pleased to see Arsenal return to form in the Premier League, Keown told the Daily Mail:
“What’s clear to see is that they have won three times away from home — having only done so four times on the road in the Premier League throughout the whole of last season.
“I couldn’t bear to watch Arsenal’s away matches last season. Now they look much more competitive.
“As much as I enjoyed the confidence and expression of Aaron Ramsey’s Harlem Globetrotter goal, what impressed me more was the grit, tenacity and determination in Arsenal’s performance.
“After letting Fulham back into the game, they showed real character to win emphatically in the second half.”
Arsenal have scored 19 times in the Premier League last season, thanks in part to the north London side’s impressive 5-1 rout of Fulham in the London derby at Craven Cottage.
The Gunners will hope to record seventh successive victory when Arsenal welcome Leicester City to the Emirates Stadium on Monday 22 October.
Arsenal haven’t won the Premier League title since 2003-04 when the Gunners completed their famous unbeaten season under Wenger.
Emery’s side are in a strong position to challenge for the title given Arsenal are two points adrift of the leading pack.