It’s been a long time since Arsenal felt this good, at least 10 years and every fan will be lapping this up and praising Unai Emery as Arsenal have now won 5 Premier League games in a row. Once we count their Carabao Cup and Europa League match wins that figure turns to 7 games in a row.
There is no question that after losing their first two games of the season against Manchester City and Chelsea respectively that the feel good factor is here and Emery is slowing turning Arsenal’s fortunes around. Players are now responding to what he wants, to play the ball out from the back, have a high line and attack without fear and the constant winning will be leading some fans to wonder who Arsene Wenger was- well at least the last 10 years of his tenure there.
And yet of course Arsenal still have many sterner tests ahead of them. For Emery the board have made it clear that they expect the Gunners back in the Champions League – so that means a top 4 finish. A long run in the cups would be to an advantage but if Arsenal end up with no silverware this season but get the top 4 many will be satisfied with that in Emery’s debut season.
However are Arsenal selling themselves a little short? Look at Chelsea who are clearly going for the league title under new manager Maurizio Sarri. Arsenal have been very positive so far this season but have still come up short in the two real tests that they have had to encounter against Sarri’s Chelsea and also to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. However it seems that this was more of a timing problem than the opposition in question. It’s quite difficult in your first game in England to have to face the champions of the country.
Arsenal look to have a nice path of fixtures for October where they will play Fulham, Leicester and Crystal Palace all matches where we could expect the Gunners to get maximum points or at the very least 7 from 9. Their next big test won’t come until the beginning of November when they will play Liverpool but even that game will be at home. With a good run Arsenal could easily be in the top 3 come the beginning of December and whilst a league challenge does not seem realistic this season, with Emery steering the ship the club look like they are going in the right direction.