Arsenal legend Ian Wright reckons Gunners fans should be grateful to one of their sworn enemies Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho.
The Portuguese coach inflicted plenty of pain on the Gunners faithful during his time as Chelsea boss, but Wright believes that the crisis engulfing United lately and the fawning over Pep Guardiola’s Man City and Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool has diverted media attention away from Arsenal boss Emery and allowed him operate slightly under the radar.
“Arsenal fans have not had too much to thank Jose Mourinho for over the years,” Wright writes in The Sun. “But for once, they have every reason to be giving the thumbs up to the Manchester United boss.
“And while they are at it, Manchester City chief Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool have done the Gunners a bit of a favour as well.
“OK, it has hardly been through choice — certainly in the case of Portuguese Mourinho.
“But between them, those three allowed Unai Emery to stay in the shadows for the start of his Arsenal reign.
“All the spotlight for the past month has been on Mourinho. Before that it was very much on how Guardiola and Klopp were going to battle it out for the Premier League title.
“And that meant Emery could largely get on with it at the Emirates without the glare of the spotlight on his every move.
“Yes, I know he copped a bit when he lost his first two games as Arsenal manager, but against Manchester City and Chelsea it was hardly the greatest surprise.
“Since then he has gone about his business meticulously and methodically — and chalked up a very impressive NINE wins on the bounce.
“I know, as plenty will be quick to point out, they haven’t all been against the toughest of opponents, on paper at least.
“But there is also that old adage about only being able to beat what is in front of you. And whether you are expected to win or not, you still have to do so.”
Arsenal currently sit in fourth place in the Premier League table heading into the international break after winning six consecutive top flight games.