Caught up in the emotion of Premier League tension, as a match that hung in the balance was suddenly seized, Unai Emery leaped about and shook his fists on the sidelines. This one, compared to the winning sequence that preceeded it, seemed to count that little bit more, to mean something that bit deeper. Once Mesut Özil tapped in Arsenal’s second goal and the result swung in their favour, Emery could allow himself to wonder whether the new ideas are slowly beginning to fall into place.
Seven successive wins is a helpful statistic, but Emery was as impressed to see how Arsenal mastered their most difficult test since the first week of the season when they lost to both Manchester City and Chelsea. This was a true test of their mettle, with Watford starting the day ahead of them in the Premier League table thanks to their well-organised ambition, and threatening to take all the points until Arsenal scored twice in three high energy minutes in the late summer sun.