Unai Emery may still be some way off earning the universal trust of Arsenal fans, though they can have few complaints about the Gunners’ current form.
While the Spaniard lost his opening two matches in charge against Manchester City then Chelsea, his men have since strung together eight wins in all competitions.
Most of those results came against sides Arsenal would expect to beat, including their latest Europa League opponents FK Qarabag, but it’s still an impressive run.
Arsenal swept aside their Azerbaijani hosts with a resounding 3-0 victory in Baku, courtesy of goals from Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Matteo Guendouzi and Emile Smith Rowe - now the club’s second youngest-ever goalscorer.
On an evening of intriguing stats, Sokratis and Guendouzi’s debut strikes were the first to be registered by Gunners who never played under Arsene Wenger since 1996.
Despite the convincing scoreline, the Londoners didn’t take all three points without having to work for them.
Emery will no doubt be pleased with the way his side handled an unpredictable opponent, though.
With one foot in the knockout stages, the Arsenal squad have certainly earned the unusual rest day their manager has promised them ahead of facing Fulham at Craven Cottage on Sunday.
"When you play Wednesday or Thursday and then Saturday or Sunday… there are very few days to recover physically and also the mentality of the players to play again in a few hours another match,” he said when asked about his decision to skip Friday’s training session, per the Times, via the Mirror.
"In this experience, I won, I lost and I played better in the second match. We are one team with every player with this experience and also with the habit to play, to recover for another match and continue playing.
"It's the reason, for me, that I prefer more time to have to recover physically for the players. But for me, it's good and we are OK tomorrow with every player to play. We are going to be also perfect to play against Fulham on Sunday."
Emery has a confident bunch of players at his disposal right now - arguably none more so than Alex Iwobi.
Having played only 400 minutes across nine appearances, the Nigerian has been knocking on the door to be given more than just an impact role in the coming weeks.
He looked sharp during his 71-minute showing versus Qarabag, setting up Smith Rowe’s maiden goal via his third assist of the campaign.
However, Arsenal fans seem to have taken more of a liking to another little something he produced at the Baku Olympic Stadium.
Boxed in by a pair of markers near his attacking corner flag, Iwobi showcased his deft skill with a superb couple of touches to spin away from trouble while nutmegging one of the would-be tacklers.
Unsurprisingly, Arsenal fans loved it…
Oh, and while it’s not quite as spectacular, the 22-year-old also pulled one off against the Qarabag captain…News Now - Sport News