There were many eyebrows raised when Unai Emery was appointed the successor of Arsene Wenger in the summer, but he’s made an excellent start at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners boss has them back in the hunt for the top four and they will hope to make a serious impact in the knockout rounds of the Europa League..
Emery’s effect at the North London club is beginning to kick into full gear with an exciting brand of football, but his influence on the players is clear to see on the pitch too.
The Spanish boss has managed to rejuvenate a fairly downbeat dressing room and a number of individuals looks reborn under him.
Arsenal dazzler Alex Iwobi is perhaps the biggest beneficiary of Emery’s appointment and is showing some excellent form this season.
The rapid winger has all the tricks in the book and is being encouraged to express himself on the pitch by the manager.
Emery has shown great faith in the 23-year-old by giving him a regular run of games and he now looks far more settled in the Arsenal first team.
Iwobi already has five assists in just 16 appearances across all competitions this season and just needs to sharpen up in front of goal, where he has managed just one goal.
But the Nigeria international is getting into dangerous positions on a frequent basis and it’s clear that Emery’s influence is making him much more confident.