Arsenal started the 2018-19 season for the fist time in over 20 years with someone other than the legendary Arsene Wenger managing the team.
To say Wenger was a hard act to follow is an understatement of the century but Unai Emery has made the role of Arsenal manager his own in short order as the Spanish manager looks like he has been in charge at the Emirates for 6 years as opposed to the 6 months which he actually has been in charge for.
How far Emery can take Arsenal in his first season in charge remains to be seen but taking advantage of offers like the genting bet promo code you could surely grab some real value opportunities as the Gunners are 13-2 to win the Europa League, they are available at 15-2 to win the Emirates FA Cup and they are a decent 9-2 to win the Carabao Cup so while the Premier League might not be a decent option one of the other 3 competitions Unai Emery has his team in all look like genuine trophy winning opportunities.
The Premier League schedulers were not kind to new boss Emery as he had to face Premier League Champions Man City at home which they never looked like winning and lost 2-0 on the opening day of the season.
For their 2nd game the Gunners had to travel to face fierce rivals Chelsea in a London Derby away at Stamford Bridge and despite losing 3-2 at the end, if Arsenal had been even remotely clinical they would have been leading the match 4-2 at half-time as Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan both missed absolute sitters only for Chelsea to come back and score the winner in the last 10 minutes through Marcos Alonso.
Arsenal have played 13 league games since their first 2 losses and of those matches they have won an impressive 9 games, with 4 draws and only the 2 losses – meaning they are completely unbeaten in the Premier League but also in all other competitions – a 20 game run without a loss since the opening 2 losses.
Looking at things closely Arsenal have faced all the so-called top Premier League teams now or fellow top 6 contenders and their record is impressive. Following the 2 losses to Man City and Chelsea, Arsenal beat Everton 2-0 at home in September, then the Gunners played Liverpool in early November and were by far the better team and came out with a 1-1 draw at the Emirates.
Next up for Emery’s men came the visit of their arch-rivals Spurs for the North London Derby and despite being down 2-1 at half-time to an in-form Spurs side who had beaten Chelsea 3-1 the previous weekend as well as beating Inter Milan 1-0 at home in the Champions League, Arsenal came storming back to win 4-2 in a rousing victory. The win had the Emirates jumping and the players, fans and manager all truly revelling in such a stunning victory as both clubs were charged by the FA for celebrations after Eric Dier’s goal led to some scuffles between the two sides’ players on the touchline.
Last night came Arsenal’s last “top 6” test against a severely depleted Manchester United team at Old Trafford where United had to deploy a back five of Matteo Darmian, Chris Smalling, Marcus Rojo, Eric Bailly and Diago Dalot but Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has still only lost one of his 16 games against Arsenal in the League, winning 7 games with 8 draws and has not lost at home to the Gunners ever remaining unbeaten in home games in the competition against them. The Gunners could have won but suffered their own share of injury problems in the game and the 2-2 draw was probably about right.
United have been strongly linked with a move for soon to be out of contract Gunners midfielder Aaron Ramsay but it might be a midfielder going the other way which could be more likely as Arsenal are heavily rumoured to want to sign Man United’s Andreas Pereira who could also leave at the end of the season but United do have a club option on the Brazilian/Belgian.
So it has to be said Unai Emery has already endeared himself to many Gooners and he has given rise to the phrase “We’ve got our Arsenal back” from many supporters so we are giving Emery a sold “B” grade for his work so far this season and we are hoping for more of the same with a top 4 finish looking really quite a strong option for Arsenal.