Arsenal looked easy to have been rubbed out of the Premier League title challenge this season following Unai Emery’s appointment this summer.
Two loses on opening day against favourites Manchester City and then a week later to former champions Chelsea spun talks about the media on the Spaniard’s capability to lead the Gunners to a top four finish this season.
But Emery’s squad have succeeded in rubbing out moots concerning their return to the top four.
The Gunners are currently riding on a long unbeaten streak, stretching into 11 games in all competitions this season.
And Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is convinced Arsenal can cause a ripple in the Premier League this season as they take on the Gunners this weekend.
‘It will be a big challenge they have all the different tools,’ he said. ‘They can be creative, they have rhythm, they are demanding in midfield they win balls high up on the pitch, they have the speed. They have plenty of star players.
‘Arsene Wenger is one of the best managers in the world there is no doubt about it but sometimes after a very long time the mood in the club changes a little bit and it’s quite difficult to work against that.
‘That was the situation last year, people respected him a lot, well deserved, but on the other side they thought they needed to change something.
‘To change something is only good if it’s for the better. Unai Emery, all people in football knew how good he is. Not all Arsenal fans were over the moon in the first moment but that’s England a little bit, you want the posters boys
‘You can go a bit under the radar, but he won eight titles in the last three years so that’s pretty big. It is clear that things were going to change the players would know that, that’s how it is. ‘If a new manager comes in, the same when I came to Liverpool, all the players are immediately out of the comfort zone. That’s how it is. They all have to prove it’s not just the name the footballer as well and they used it pretty well.’
Axing Arsene Wenger after his 22-year stint the Emirates was very unlikely to happen, given his solid reputation at the helm as the club’s manager.
It didn’t look as if the Gunners were eventually sheltered from the quagmire they had suffered last season.
But a change was inevitable and despite eyebrowed concerns over his role as the new gaffer, Emery did not cave in to the pressure and bounced off criticisms.
Arsenal, are now demanding in the centre, fighting to win every ball, and Klopp agrees Emery’s influence is the reason for the change.
Arsenal are fourth on the Premier League log, and a victory over Liverpool at the Emirates on Saturday will see them climb to the top of the standings, on levelled points with Jurgen Klopp’s side.