Most Arsenal fans seem to think that a Top Six finish would not be a bad return for Unai Emery in his first season in charge, considering the mess he inherited in the summer, but with us now going undefeated for the last 16 games perhaps we are now setting our sights just a little bit higher, especially after dragging out a draw against Liverpool.
Emery has now come out and said that Arsenal should be aiming to emulate Liverpool’s success over the last few years since Jurgen Klopp arrived. The Spaniard said: “I remember three years ago we were playing with Sevilla against Liverpool the final of Europa League and we won 3-1,”
“Liverpool were without the Champions League, they had the Premier league and Europa League.
“Two years later, they were playing in the final of the Champions League.
“That’s a good example for us – maybe we cannot do the same, because it’s very very difficult and they worked very well with [Jurgen] Klopp in this progression.
“But my idea is the difference between us and other teams now – Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool – we can reach the same level of performance as them.
“But we need time, we need work. In football the test is the next match.”
And we certainly have some tough tests coming up, with three of the Top Six sides in the next ten days. Emery didn’t mention Tottenham or Man United as any of the teams he wanted to match so if we are going to be moving up to the level of Man City, Liverpool or Chelsea then we really could do with some impressive performances in the coing tests.
Maybe we won’t reach those heights this season, but I do like his ambition to get us right to the very top!
We are definitely going in the right direction aren’t we? Or should we reserve judgement for a couple of weeks?