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Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mhkitaryan believes new manager Unai Emery has built on the foundations laid by former manager Arsene Wenger but has totally changed the club, according to the Daily Cannon.
The Gunners played out a 2-1 win at the Vitality Stadium against Bournemouth Wolves on Sunday to secure what is now a 15-game unbeaten run with eleven of those games wins.
This is quite a huge improvement from what the team was last season. Mhkitaryan said: “Yes, things have changed. And it’s down to the new manager.
“The culture has changed inside and outside the club and people are believing in us more because we’re playing differently.
“We’re playing the way they want us to. We’re scoring goals and winning games – and that’s the best feeling for supporters.
“Our style and philosophy has changed. The new manager has built on the base Arsene Wenger built in 22 years.
“And the players have accepted all his conditions – everything happening is what Unai Emery is expecting and asking of us.”
True to Mhkitaryan’s assertion, While Emery brought in a number of players during the summer after his arrival, only Lucas Torreira and Bernd Leno can be said to be key summer acquisitions so far, the rest of the key players have been the ones he met at the club, from Rob Holding to Mesut Ozil to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Wenger had frequently told the fans over the years that his squad was close to becoming something special, looking at some of Arsenal’s performances this season, we can’t but admit to how right the Frenchman was.
However, what he probably didn’t know was that he wasn’t the right man to bring out the best in them and make them special.
The Gunners have been transformed under Emery with the passing out from the back and high pressing system bringing out the best in some players. However, there are still traces of Wengerball in the attacking play, with some goals this season like Aubameyang’s second against Leicester bearing distinct similarities to Jack Wilshere against Norwich and Rosicky against Tottenham.
The likes of Mesut Ozil, Alex Iwobi, Hector Bellerin and Granit Xhaka who Wenger kept faith in when fans were on their backs have all been key this season, and should Emery win anything with this Arsenal side, he will have his predecessor to thank for the building blocks.