The English domestic season surpassed the midway point recently which meant it gave TheAFCnewsroom the opportunity to compare the new Arsenal manager with the old one. Here we will showcase how each man faired in their first 19 Premier League matches (excluding matches against relegated and promoted sides) as well as how they have got on in other competitions.
Comparison: Arsène Wenger first half of the season 2017/18 vs. Unai Emery 2018/19. pic.twitter.com/XiPJNPJu1v
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Starting with Unai Emery, the Spaniard came into Arsenal by hitting the ground running if you were to exclude the first two matches against Manchester City and Chelsea in which he saw his side go on an unbeaten 22 game streak in all competitions. Despite this incredible run of form the Gunners still only themselves on the fringes of the top 4.
Arsène Wenger on the other hand had a very tough start to the season after struggling to find his best XI after a summer of speculation over Alexis Sanchez in which he left for Manchester United in January 2018 anyway.
The two managers have different philosophy’s but at the half-way point in the campaign there is very little to separate them with the Frenchman’s successor having a minimal edge over him.
Arsenal face Chelsea at the Emirates at the weekend in which 3 points are an absolute must if Arsenal are to cling onto their slim hopes of qualifying for the Champions League next season through the Premier League.