As Aaron Ramsey celebrated in front of an away end abounding with joy and optimism, the Arsenal supporters broke into euphoric song. ‘We’ve got our Arsenal back,’ came the cry and after this result, a ninth win on the spin, it was hard to begrudge these fans their moment.
Seven weeks is a long time in English football. Back in August, Unai Emery was presented with a gruesome statistic: after two opening defeats, he had made the worst start to life as an Arsenal manager since Thomas Mitchell in 1897. Now the historical comparisons are not so much positive as emphatically fawning.
Arsenal have won nine or more in a row under only three previous managers — Herbert Chapman, George Graham and Arsene Wenger — and that trio all share in common top division titles.
Alexandre Lacazette netted a double as Unai Emery entrusted the Frenchman to lead the Arsenal front-line on his own
Lacazette’s second regained Arsenal’s lead, much to the delight of his team-mates Hector Bellerin and Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Aaron Ramsey was mobbed by his team-mates after scoring a stunning heel flick just 38 seconds after coming off the bench