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Opinion: Emery’s evolving Arsenal have given fans reason to be optimistic after Tottenham draw

Opinion: Emery’s evolving Arsenal have given fans reason to be optimistic after Tottenham draw

Having missed a penalty right at the death, Arsenal’s 1-1 draw to Tottenham at Wembley over the weekend would have felt like a loss to the away side or at least to some of its supporters.

That being said, the performance overall on the day is one everyone at the north London club can be pleased with.

Albeit things got better in the last couple of seasons — or at least when compared to the campaigns prior — too often were Arsenal easily beaten in away fixtures against the top six under Arsene Wenger.

The Frenchman’s naive approach, combined with his godawful defence, constantly saw Arsenal lose games like the recent one against rivals Tottenham.

However, with Unai Emery at the helm, the Gunners now look more competitive in such fixtures. The 5-1 battering they took away at Anfield shows there is still work to do, but the signs are certainly positive with their Wembley draw showing evidence.

A willingness to focus on the defensive side of things and play on the counter using the pace of Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan out wide kept Arsenal alive, throughout the whole 90 minutes, in a way that was rarely seen during Wenger’s final years in charge.

A similar approach with stronger defenders and Emery might just be able to strike up a winning formula next season.

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