Arsenal are on the right track let’s not forget that
Last season we finished in in sixth position on 63 points, 18 points behind Manchester United, 14 points behind Tottenham and seven points behind Chelsea, this season we are already on 66 points with four games to go and whatever way you look at that, it is progress.
It is easy to feel despondent when we lose at home to the likes of Crystal Palace and to waste opportunity after opportunity but that blinds us to all the positives.
Let’s take our away form as an example, last season we lost 11 times on the road, this season just 6 so far and even if we lose the remainder of our away games that is still an improvement, not great by any means but that is not the point I am making, the point I am making is that we are improving and we are missing that small fact.
We have already won twice more away this season than we did last year and while Liverpool has massively advanced on their performance last season they never had a new manager and that should not be forgotten either.
Unai Emery has already done better this campaign in the league than what Arsene Wenger did last season and that is the very least we expected from him and he has duly delivered.
Emery was always going to need time, there is a whole culture he has to change and unlike Klopp at Liverpool, he does not have the funds to change things overnight.
If Emery can do what he has done so far in his first season with us imagine what he will do in the second and third.
He needs time to bring in his own players, to offload the players he did not choose or want and to instil his methods and strategy into a team that had become used to a particular way of doing things.
We have some very exciting youngsters out on loan and coming through the academy and it will be Emery that decides who to bring into the senior team and not have them foisted on him.
Yes, there have been some very frustrating moments but the signs are that we are on the right track and it will probably get a little worse before it gets much better but that is the nature of having a new man in charge.
All things considered, I am pleased with the progress under Emery, could it have been better at times? Of course it could but then we were never the most reliable team when Emery took over, and in my opinion he has done a blinding job with the tools at his disposal.
Patience will be rewarded.