Unai Emery: What I find encouraging about Arsenal’s progress

Unai Emery’s Gunners side have quietly put themselves two points off the pace in the Premier League after their best performance in what felt like many years

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Unai Emery has expressed his happiness with Arsenal’s progress after six consecutive wins left the Gunners two points behind the leaders in the Premier League.

Arsenal overcame strugglers Fulham FC in emphatic fashion with Sunday’s 5-1 victory at Craven Cottage, punctuated by goals which would have made former boss Arsene Wenger proud.

Expectations were low after losses to Manchester City and Chelsea in the two opening fixtures, and the speculation over Emery’s job after those early games now looks farfetched.

Speaking to Arsenal’s website about the north London side’s progress after their rout of Fulham, Emery said:

“We lost the first two matches against Manchester City and Chelsea.

“When we are winning now, continuing in matches, we need to be in the same way.

“I think our mentality: calm, work, enjoy and enjoy working, together as one thing with our supporters like today.

“But improving individually, improving collectively and also finding our best performance in each match and the combinations with the players and the system also.

“Because, we need to continue improving and we can.”

Not only have Arsenal FC won six out of six in the Premier League since their opening two losses, but they have also won all their games in cup and European competitions in that time.

Nine wins from nine is about as good as Arsenal FC fans could have dreamed of after the opening defeats and it is testament to both Emery and his squad that the kept their heads in what was a turbulent start.

Assisted by a what was a simple fixture list in that time, Arsenal FC still have another month to wait before they face a genuine top six side – they host Liverpool on 3 November.

Sunday’s win at Fulham was not as simple as it seems on paper though – the Cottagers dominated the ball for large parts of the first half and had double the amount of shots of their opponents.

After clawing things back before half-time, Fulham looked as though they could cause problems for the Gunners, but Alexandre Lacazette killed off any resistance shortly into the second-half.

He drove the ball beyond Marcus Bettinelli in the Fulham goal, and after that the floodgates simply opened.

It was a throwback to the Arsenal of old, and much to their fans’ relief, the Gunners have sent their first real message to the rest of the league for a long time.

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