Ian Wright raves about Unai Emery’s impact at Arsenal

The Arsenal legend believes Unai Emery has made a great start to his Gunners reign

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Arsenal legend Ian Wright Photo: BT Sport

Ian Wright has heaped praise on Unai Emery for Arsenal’s impressive start to the Premier League season.

The Spanish manager has made a positive impact at the north London outfit since the ex-Sevilla boss took over the reins from Arsene Wenger in May 2018.

Emery’s side were 5-1 winners against promoted side Fulham at Craven Cottage last weekend to secure their sixth successive Premier League win.

Arsenal hoisted themselves above bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur and into fourth place in the table by virtue of their superior goal difference.

The Gunners have beaten West Ham, Cardiff City, Newcastle United, Everton, Watford and Fulham in their last six outings to establish themselves as the division’s form team.

The north London side have benefitted from the crisis at Manchester United and talk of a title battle between Liverpool FC and Manchester City.

Indeed, Arsenal have been able to fly under the radar and move to within two points of Premier League leaders Manchester City despite losing their opening two games of the campaign.

Former Gunners striker Wright is thrilled by Emery’s impact at the north London side following 22 seasons under Wenger’s management.

“Yes, I know he copped a bit when he lost his first two games as Arsenal manager, but against Manchester City and Chelsea it was hardly the greatest surprise,” Wright told The Sun.

“Since then he has gone about his business meticulously and methodically — and chalked up a very impressive NINE wins on the bounce.

“I know, as plenty will be quick to point out, they haven’t all been against the toughest of opponents, on paper at least.

“But there is also that old adage about only being able to beat what is in front of you.

“And whether you are expected to win or not, you still have to do so.”

Wright added: “Weren’t United expected to beat Brighton and West Ham?

“Weren’t Tottenham expected to put a hatful past Cardiff on Saturday? The Premier League doesn’t work like that. So don’t let anyone talk down what Spaniard Emery has achieved over the past couple of months at the Emirates.

“I’m not getting carried away and suggesting all of a sudden Arsenal are champions in waiting.

“But I am certainly enjoying the ride at the moment — and every Gunners supporter should be doing the same.

“Look, not being under the microscope might not have made the slightest difference to how things have gone but it has certainly not done any harm.

“What Unai is doing is trying to change the whole philosophy going forward, and he is doing it very, very well indeed.”

Arsenal suffered a 2-0 loss to defending Premier League champions Manchester City in their opening Premier League fixture of the campaign at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners held their own against Chelsea FC but emerged without a point after a 3-2 loss to their bitter rivals in west London back in August.

The north London side will be hoping to extend their winning run to seven games when Arsenal host Leicester City at The Emirates in their next fixture on Monday 22 October.

Arsenal are flying high in the Europa League following consecutive victories over Vorskla and Qarabag ahead of back-to-back games against Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon.

The Gunners have also beaten Brentford in the Carabao Cup to make a strong start under Emery.

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