Unai Emery’s “dynamic demeanour” is seeing more demanded from Arsenal than they had grown accustomed to during Arsene Wenger’s reign, claims Martin Keown.
Over the course of 22 years under a French coach, the Gunners become rather set in their ways.
Emery has shown himself to be more “animated” than his predecessor, with the Spaniard starting to get his message across as Arsenal begin to place greater emphasis on substance over style.
Former Arsenal defender Keown told the Daily Mail of a new approach which has now delivered seven successive victories across all competitions: “One of Arsene Wenger's 10 commandments was to never bark orders at his players from the sidelines.
“His view was that when players had the ball, that was their moment to shine. He did not want to overload them with information.
“It is why Unai Emery's dynamic demeanour — which was in full flow against Watford — will have come as a shock to the Arsenal players.
“In the first few weeks of the season, they seemed to be taking their manager's instructions too literally. Now, they are feeding off his energy.
“By being so animated, Emery is showing the desire, passion and work ethic he wants from his players.
“Wenger's approach from the touchline was one of nurture. His successor is more demanding.”
Arsenal opened the 2018-19 season under Emery with back-to-back defeats in the Premier League.
They have burst into life since then, with maximum points being taken from their last five top-flight outings to move into fifth spot in the table.
Continental competition is set to take centre stage again in midweek, when Emery takes his side to Qarabag, with a London derby date with Fulham then set to carry Arsenal into the next international break.