Arsenal were able to record an impressive win on Sunday in the North London derby which resulted in the Gunners leapfrogging their bitter rivals Spurs into the Premier League’s top four. According to BestBettingSites.Online Unai Emery’s sides’ Top Four Finish odds have been shortened to 6/5: this is not surprising as that was the finest display under the new Spanish manager.
Arsenal are now unbeaten since 19 games with the 4-2 against Tottenham that is the most impressive win of the season. But how has Emery transformed Arsenal is just a few months?
How has Emery transformed Arsenal and how far they can go this season?
One of the main questions asked to Emery was how his attacking style could fare against their biggest rivals.
On Sunday lots of those questions were answered as Arsenal showed that it is possible to play that style of attacking football also against the biggest guns in the league. We did see glimpses of that in the 1-1 draw with Liverpool but against Tottenham, the performance was entirely on another level and there is a lot of optimism amongst fans.
Tottenham arrived at the Emirates Stadium on the back of a glorious win as they were able to defeat both Chelsea and Inter Milan at Wembley. Arsenal were in Ukraine on Thursday, and not many would have expected the Gunners to overcome Mauricio Pochettino’s side on energy, potency and dynamism.
It is clear that the Emirates Stadium is alive again after the last few toxic years under Arsene Wenger. The most popular chant was ‘We’ve Got Our Arsenal Back’ which might be a bit harsh on the former French manager but that does carry lots of meanings.
Unai Emery has changed Arsenal like a hurricane: simply speaking it’s like watching a different side in a different stadium. The Emirates Stadium in the last few years was more like a library in the past and Emery has been able to change things completely.
The Spaniard has insisted immediately on playing front-foot football. He is always active on the touchline and also a brave strategist as showed in the half-time break yesterday with the introduction of Lacazette and Ramsey that changed the game.
Since the start of the season, we could see proof that things were changing but surely the Gunners needed a genuine big result against a big team to confirm all the progress made: the win arrived against their fiercest rivals which was the best Emery’s and Arsenal’s fans could have ever asked.
One of the main differences compared with Wenger’s time is the midfield. Emery’s Arsenal is showing great resilience having collected an unbeaten run of 12 League games even though they were not leading at half-time in any of those encounters.
Against Spurs, they showed a great momentum that was just too much for their opponents. Arsenal are a tough team to face now, and this is for everyone, as we have seen against Liverpool for instance.
The last time that Arsenal managed to win a north London derby in the Premier League after they were trailing at half-time was 11 years ago. They have also scored more goals in the second part of the game (24) than any other teams in the Premier League.
If the Premier League matches had ended at half-time, Arsenal would be 19th in the table right now.
Can Arsenal remain in the top four?
Arsenal never challenged for the top 4 last season as they ended 12 points adrift of Liverpool. Now they have made it into the top 4, and surely there is a lot of belief in the team and the fans.
Arsenal are strong in every department, and they have shown to be able to cope with Mesut Ozil’s absence. As we saw with Leicester a couple of years ago, dreaming is not forbidden. Without going too far though, we believe that Arsenal have shown to be a proper top 4 finishing contenders.