In the latest Arsenal news, Sokratis Papastathopoulos says it will take time for the Gunners to thrive under new manager Unai Emery, with the defender insisting hard work will be required.
Arsene Wenger’s 22-year reign as Arsenal manager came to an end this summer, with former Paris Saint-Germain and Sevilla boss Emery named as the Frenchman’s replacement.
The 46-year-old endured a tricky start to life at Arsenal, with back-to-back Premier League defeats against Manchester City and Chelsea leaving early question marks about his managerial ability.
However, the Spanish tactician has guided his team to six straight victories in all competitions and the Gunners have climbed to sixth in the league standings, six points behind table-toppers Liverpool.
Greece international Sokratis, who was a summer arrival from Borussia Dortmund, knows it will be difficult for Emery to match his predecessor although he believes success can be achieved with the right amount of work.
“It will take time because yes, it’s a big difference,” he said. “It was a big change for this team, especially with what this team did over the years. It will be difficult for the new manager and the new players to repeat.
“But we have to work hard, we have to progress every day and work, work, work.”
Arsenal return to action on Saturday when they play host to high-flying Watford and Emery’s men are firm 9/20 favourites with bet365 to pick up the win, a draw is priced at 41/10 whilst the visitors are 6/1 outsiders.
There has been only one draw in 22 top-flight fixtures between the sides – a 1-1 at Highbury 34 years ago – whilst the Gunners have won eight of the 10 Premier League meetings.
However, Watford’s two wins have come in the last three matches and they will be hopeful of causing an upset.