Arsenal boss Unai Emery takes his Gunners stars into the international break firing on all cylinders after a scintillating display resulting in a 5-1 win at Fulham in the Premier League yesterday.
The hammering of the Craven Cottage outfit handed Emery’s team their ninth competitive win on the bounce and pushed the north London side to fourth in the top-flight table. And on this display, you won’t bet on them not maintaining a top four spot come the conclusion of the campaign.
Jubilant visiting fans chanted “we’ve got our Arsenal back” as the goals flew in as they heralded the triumph orchestrated by the Spanish coach, who took over the hot seat at the Emirates back in the summer when Arsene Wenger called time on his spell at the club.
The Gunners opened through Alex Lacazette but were pegged back just before the break when André Schürrle netted following a mistake by the usually reliable Nacho Monreal. But the second-half saw a rampant Arsenal finish off the hosts in style with another goal from Lacazette, a dream team goal rounded off with a neat back flick from sub Aaron Ramsey, and a brace from sub Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The vociferous support from the 5,000 or so Arsenal fans visiting Craven Cottage wasn’t lost on the manager and he wants to replicate the experience for loyal supports going forward. He said:
“We need to feel together with, the supporters and the players. This mentality is very important for us, to show each quality and together we can be happy like today.
“We need their support each match. The players on the pitch feel their support every time. I want the supporters to feel one special day each match in our stadium, to show we are improving with our quality, with our unity, our winning mentality and above all with commitment and hard work.”
And Emery has spoken of the calmness instilled in the squad earlier on in the term when they suffered two defeats at the hands of Manchester City and Chelsea. He added:
“We lost the first two games against City and Chelsea, we were calm. When we’re winning now we need to be the same way in our mentality: calm, hard-working, enjoying working, failing together, sharing a feeling with our supporters. We need to find our best performance in each match. We are improving.”
One former Gunner who couldn’t stay calm after the resounding win was ex-England striker Ian Wright, who was purring at the performance and also the display from Uruguay international Lucas Torreira, a diminutive yet combative schemer who helps the Gunners tick.
And to show his delight, Wright took to his official Twitter account to repeat the words of the new song for the new darling of the fans: “Torreira oh oh oh, Torreira oh oh oh, he comes from Uruguay, he’s only five foot high”
Arsenal are next in action on Monday October 22 when they host Leicester City in a Premier League clash before they then take on Crystal palace at Selhurst Park and then they host Liverpool on November 3.