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Arsenal’s 18-match unbeaten run is testament to Emery’s changes

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Arsenal’s 18-match unbeaten run is testament to Emery’s changes

The end of the 2017-18 season saw the end of an era for Arsenal, as Arsene Wenger departed to be replaced by Unai Emery at the Emirates.

Emery’s move came off the back of a two-year spell at French giants Paris Saint Germain, where he picked up six trophies in two years.

The Arsenal job was a considerable change of pace from the Qatari-backed PSG project, but Emery quickly went about making his moves in the transfer market and added five players as he assembled his squad.

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Although the season did not get off to a great start for Arsenal – they picked up no points from their opening two matches against Manchester City and Chelsea – the Gunners have since gone on an 18-match unbeaten run.

Despite only one of those 18 matches has come against top four opposition, when Liverpool visited the Emirates in the first week of November and left with a draw, plaudits should go to Emery in mass for picking up points that the Arsenal of last season would’ve almost certainly dropped.

 

It hasn’t been plain sailing behind the scenes either, as friction with midfield star Mesut Ozil has shown and Aaron Ramsey saw a contract offer retracted.

The Gunners have rode their luck at times, and their second-half form has been a stark contrast to their first-half performances as a rule of thumb. Nonetheless, Emery’s determination to go back to the Arsenal DNA of playing passing football has seen an improvement in style and results.

Two of his toughest tasks are right around the corner in the shape of Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United, but whatever the result, Arsenal appear to be on the up thanks to the Spaniard’s changes.

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Adam is a freelance sports writer and broadcaster. Formerly the Media and Communications Officer at Macclesfield Town Football Club, he has also contributed to FourFourTwo, Mirror Sport and Express & Star.

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