Arsenal legend Alan Smith reckons Unai Emery has brought a sense of togetherness to the Gunners squad that was sadly lacking in recent years.
After losing their opening two games of the Premier League season, Arsenal have since embarked on an eight-game winning run in all competitions and former Gunner striker Smith believes he can see signs that Emery is building something special at the Emirates.
”This week I was thinking back to the game last season when Alexis Sanchez scored at Crystal Palace and called some of the Arsenal players over to celebrate with him,” Smith writes in the London Evening Standard.
”He was frustrated that not everyone was joining in the celebrations and it pointed to a lack of togetherness and that something was not quite right.
”When Mesut Ozil scored the second goal against Watford last weekend, I looked at the players and the genuine joy on their faces seemed to show a real togetherness.
”It struck me Unai Emery is building something there. Arsenal have not been as watertight as he would have wanted them to be and there have not been many matches where they have not conceded two or three good chances to the opposition.
”But this winning run they are on is going to engender confidence. It just looks like Emery has got something going there and the players are enjoying playing for him. It is so important for a new manager to get the players to buy into what you are trying to do, and Emery is doing that.”
Arsenal travel across London tomorrow to face Fulham, with the Gunners aiming to make it six consecutive wins in the Premier League.