Jamie Redknapp credits Unai Emery with changing Arsenal’s mentality
The Spurs legend is impressed with how Unai Emery has changed Arsenal's mentality
Jamie Redknapp has praised Unai Emery for changing the mentality of the Arsenal squad.
The Gunners were 2-1 winners against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday afternoon to secure their first league win in four outings.
Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a second-half winner to secure three points against Eddie Howe’s side.
The north London side are unbeaten in the Premier League in their last 11 games since a 3-2 loss to Chelsea FC at Stamford Bridge back in August.
Arsenal have shown great character in recent weeks to come from behind to secure a point against Liverpool FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Their next big test under Emery will come at The Emirates next Sunday when Arsenal welcome Tottenham Hotspur to the red half of north London.
The Gunners have the opportunity to hoist themselves above Mauricio Pochettino’s side with a win over third-placed Spurs.
Former Tottenham midfielder Redknapp believes Emery has successfully altered Arsenal’s mentality since taking over the reins from Arsene Wenger.
“I think he’s changed the mentality of Arsenal,” Redknapp is quoted as saying by the Daily Express.
“I think in the last few years they’ve been soft.
“How many times have we spoken after [games] that they’ve got no strength in the midfield, no players that want to win the ball back?
“Too many times we’d just see teams overrun them, overpower them.
“The game at Bournemouth last year, for the winning goal I can remember [Granit] Xhaka getting someone run off the back of him and scoring, I think it was Callum Wilson.
“They’re the sort of things that can’t happen but were happening time and time again under Arsene Wenger.
“And there’s no doubt they are more resilient, they are stronger.
“I still think there is a long way to go, top four is still going to be a big ask for them.
“But I like what I see, I think the manager’s got them going, he’s got them more aggressive, they get to the ball more.
“That’s what you’ve got to do if you want to win any sort of title.”
Arsenal lost to Manchester City and Chelsea FC in their opening two Premier League games to make a worrying start to life under Emery.
However, the Gunners have been impressive since bouncing back from their 3-2 loss at Stamford Bridge to hoist themselves up to fifth place in the table.