Unai Emery got off to a rocky start at Arsenal, with tricky fixtures against Manchester City and Chelsea meaning that life in London was far from easy early on.
However, the former PSG boss has turned things around after a difficult beginning, with the Gunners now enjoying a 20-game unbeaten run across all competitions.
The good run of form dates back to the end of August, with Arsenal picking up some eye-catching results along the way.
We’ve taken a closer look at the run and how it unfolded.
1. Arsenal 3-1 West Ham (August 25th)
It all seems like a long time ago now, but Arsenal’s run all started with a 3-1 win over Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham. Arsenal took advantage of the Chilean still finding his feet after returning to the Premier League. There was a minor scare after going a goal down, but goals from Nacho Monreal and Danny Welbeck either side of an own goal got Arsenal on their way.
2. Cardiff 2-3 Arsenal (September 2nd)
Alexandre Lacazette secured Arsenal’s first away victory of the campaign in a dramatic win over the Premier League’s new boys. Neil Warnock’s side did not make it easy for the Gunners, who left it late to seal all three points.
3. Newcastle 1-2 Arsenal (September 15th)
Things were starting to click for the Gunners as they made it back-to-back wins on the road under Emery. Goals from Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil made it three in a row in the Premier League.
4. Arsenal 4-2 Vorskla Poltava (September 20th)
Arsenal kicked off their Europa League campaign in style with an impressive 4-2 in over Vorskla. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was clinical in front of goal to wrap up the game for Arsenal, as the Ukrainian outfit were simply unable to deal with the Gunners’ quality.
5. Arsenal 2-0 Everton (September 23rd)
With Petr Cech unwilling to lose the number one spot at Arsenal, the ex-Chelsea shot-stopper put in a starring performance against Marco Silva’s side. Two quickfire goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Aubameyang in the second half gave the Gunners all three points.
6. Arsenal 3-1 Brentford (September 26th)
Emery named a strong line-up in the Carabao Cup meeting with Brentford. With the Bees impressing in the Championship, the Gunners boss was in no mood to take risks and the decision paid off with Danny Welbeck scoring twice on the night.
7. Arsenal 2-0 Watford (September 29th)
Mesut Ozil was at the heart of Arsenal’s home win in the Premier League against a potentially difficult Watford side, who had started the season well.
8. FK Qarabag 0-3 Arsenal (October 4th)
The Gunners romped to victory in the Europa League in a game that saw youngster Emile Smith-Rowe bag his first competitive goal for the club. The youngster has been on the fringes of the first-team squad and is highly regarded by Emery.
9. Fulham 1-5 Arsenal (October 7th)
The result at Craven Cottage led to chants of, “We’ve got our Arsenal back,” from the Gunners faithful. A rampant performance, which included a cheeky finish from Aaron Ramsey, helped Arsenal on their way against a helpless Fulham side.
10. Arsenal 3-1 Leicester (October 22nd)
A brilliant individual performance from Mesut Ozil was at the heart of Arsenal’s 3-1 home win over Leicester. The German was influential with a stunning goal, while he also played a key role in both the second third goals.
11. Sporting Lisbon 0-1 Arsenal (October 25th)
Danny Welbeck came into the side to score in the Europa League. The feel-good factor was beginning to rise around the club at this point with Emery balancing his squad across all competitions.
12. Crystal Palace 2-2 Arsenal (October 28th)
Selhurst Park can be a tricky ground to go to and Arsenal managed to leave with a point. A late Luka Milivojevic penalty meant that the Gunners were unable to stretch their winning run.
13. Arsenal 2-1 Blackpool (Oct 31)
A potential giant-killing awaited Emery’s men when they were matched up against the League One outfit. Emery took no risks and went with a relatively strong side and goals from Stephan Lichtsteiner and Smith-Rowe saw them through, despite ending the game with 10 men.
14. Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool (November 3rd)
While Arsenal were unable to take all three points against Liverpool at home, the draw has been widely recognised as a key game in their unbeaten run. Their willingness to match Liverpool’s tenacity and energy saw them fight until the end and score a deserved equaliser in the last 10 minutes.
15. Arsenal 0-0 Sporting Lisbon (November 8th)
A disappointing goalless draw in the Europa League in what was a game that will not live long in the memory. The game was marred by a nasty injury to Danny Welbeck, who suffered a broken ankle, all-but bringing an end to his Gunners career after it was confirmed he will leave in the summer.
16. Arsenal 1-1 Wolves (November 11th)
It looked like Nuno Espirito Santo’s men had ended Arsenal’s good run but a late strike from Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the last five minutes salvaged a draw for the Gunners.
17. Bournemouth 1-2 Arsenal (November 25th)
Away form has always been a sticking point for the Gunners but this impressive victory against high-flying Bournemouth was their fourth of the campaign already.
18. Vorskla Poltava 0-3 Arsenal (November 29th)
The Europa league fixture gave Arsenal fans a look into what the future could look like. Emery took a relatively inexperienced squad on the road in Europe with the upcoming derby in mind and the risk paid off. Smith-Rowe and Joe Willock both got on the scoresheet that night.
19. Arsenal 4-2 Tottenham (December 2nd)
A game that will live long in the memory, a 4-2 win in the North London derby. Unai Emery’s first derby game and it was a thriller. There were goals, cards and plenty of drama at the Emirates. The Gunners earned plenty of plaudits off the back of the result too, with Emery’s methods and philosophy starting to take off.
20. Manchester United 2-2 Arsenal (December 5th)
In a game that could well have gone either way, the match at Old Trafford ended in a draw. After leading twice, the game may have felt like a defeat for the Gunners, but Emery was quick to emphasise the importance of the result.