We noted that Arsenal faced something of a test at the weekend when they came up against Bournemouth, because we all knew that it was a game they quite easily could’ve lost. Thankfully for Gunners fans out there they passed with flying colours, even if they didn’t blow the Cherries out of the water. It was the kind of efficient performance from a top level Premier League side that you’d expect to see, but that isn’t really the point.
The point is that despite the fact they weren’t perfect, they still managed to grind out the three points and keep their unbeaten run going. Alas, some would argue it doesn’t mean much given that there are still four teams above them in the race for the top four, but confidence is a funny thing in football.
A team on form can sneak up on you without even realising it, and they picked up the win at just the right time with the busy winter period being right around the corner. They need all hands on deck if they’re going to challenge in the three competitions they’re competing in, and Unai Emery certainly seems to have introduced a new and very healthy mentality into a team that were severely lacking in that side of the game.
The best part, above anything else, is that there’s clearly a positive vibe around the club that hasn’t been there for god knows how long. It’s not false, either, because they’re building for the future and there are no two ways about that. Bournemouth, on the other hand, have still had a great start to the campaign despite the loss, and a top half finish would still serve as a great achievement for them.
How far can Arsenal go this season under the reign of Unai Emery?