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5 Arsenal players enjoying rejuvenated form under Unai Emery

Vivek Singh
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3.25K   //    10 Nov 2018, 12:06 IST

Arsenal manager, Unai Emery
Arsenal manager, Unai Emery

Arsenal Football Club has seen a turnaround in the mood surrounding the club, following a period of sustained success under new manager Unai Emery. The Spaniard took over at the start of this season after Arsene Wenger departed the Emirates after a 22-year association with the North London Club.

The task at hand was supposed to be one that should've proved overwhelming for the man who hasn't endured the fierce spotlight as his predecessor did. And following two straight losses in his first two games in charge, it seemed the task was only going to get harder.

However, since the defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea, The Gunners have gone on to put together a 15 game unbeaten streak, including 11 victories on the bounce to start that run.

An impressive fightback against the in-form Liverpool side showed signs of the resurgence in Emery's squad this season, epitomised by these 5 players.


#5 Shkodran Mustafi

The centre-back seems to be repaying the faith the club has shown in him
The centre-back seems to be repaying the faith the club has shown in him

The German had a dismal final campaign under Arsene Wenger last season, and was constantly found wanting at the back or at fault for unforgivable errors that he couldn't seem to stamp out of his game.

In the absence of the club captain and the heart of the Arsenal's defence, Laurent Koscielny, and the niggling injuries that have kept Sokratis out of contention for a permanent starting position, Emery has looked to the pairing of Mustafi and Rob Holding to do the bulk of the defensive work in the back-line.

Nacho Monreal, who has deputised at centre-back before, is also out with a long-term injury, making Mustafi first in the pecking order.

And finally, the centre-back seems to be repaying the faith the club has shown in him. He has been terrific in dealing with aerial balls in his own penalty box, and has been immaculate in covering and sweeping up at the back for his side. He has also seemingly put his blunders behind him, or so the Arsenal faithful hope.

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