Arsenal have made a bright start to life under Spanish boss Unai Emery this season. The Gunners are now unbeaten in 16 games in all competitions after a 1-1 home draw with Wolves on Sunday afternoon. The performance was a lacklustre one in truth, as the Gunners failed to produce the sort of vibrant displays they have at times this season under Emery.
Positive is they are still unbeaten
One of the main positives for the Gunners is that they have maintained the unbeaten run, which is never a bad thing. The draw was not the best result and could be seen as two points dropped, but it is a game the Gunners may have lost last season.
At least the team from north London kept the relative momentum going and did not suffer defeat. The game was a rare blip for Emery and the Gunners. However, it is the sort result that was coming, as they have been quite lucky in some games to record victories.
Arsenal need to maintain positive atmosphere
Under former boss Arsene Wenger, every poor result was greeted by talk of crisis it seemed among the media and some Arsenal fans. However, it seems that most fans and pundits have cut the Gunners some slack in the early days of Emery’s stint as boss.
Former Arsenal star Paul Merson has however been critical of the team this season. Most stable and sane people can see that Emery is moving the team in the right direction.
The latter stages of Wenger’s reign had seen the team go stale. There seems to be a freshness under Emery, which has led to a mostly positive atmosphere surrounding the club in the last few months. This can only be good for the team and club as a whole.
Still outsiders for a top-four finish
Arsenal started the season as outsiders for a top-four finish in the Premier League and they still are at odds of 6/4 to clinch a Champions League spot. Emery’s side are currently fifth-place in the table, three points behind arch-rivals Tottenham in fourth-place.
Last season the Gunners fell badly behind the teams in the top four and struggled to get near the teams who finished in the Champions League spots. Arsenal cannot afford to allow the same situation to happen if they are to have any chance of a top-four finish in Emery’s debut campaign at the north London club.
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