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Arsenal continue to dominate the second half

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The team could now be called “Second Half United”

Arsenal FC v Leicester City - Premier League Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images

Arsenal took care of business at home to Leicester on Monday. In doing so, the club recorded its seventh consecutive league victory. The Gunners currently sit fourth in the table behind Chelsea on goal differential and just two points behind leaders Manchester City and Liverpool. Not bad for a team the media were heavily criticizing after Arsenal lost its first two matches of the season to City and Chelsea.

Add in Europa League and EFL Cup victories and it’s now ten wins in a row for Unai Emery’s team.

The atmosphere at the Emirates has been electric. The mood among supporters has been lifted and for now the doom and gloom is gone.

In analyzing the Gunners’ league victories, it’s clear that Emery’s half time talks must be motivating. His team has dominated the second half of matches.

Leicester jumped out to a one goal lead at the Emirates after an unfortunate own goal by Hector Bellerin. Mesut Ozil restored parity on the stroke of halftime.

Then came the second half where Arsenal man handled the Foxes. Super sub Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang combined with Ozil to score twice and give the home team a comfortable win.

For further proof that the Gunners are “second half united” look at the results of these other recent wins.

  • October 7th at Fulham - The match was tied 1-1 at the half. Arsenal turned on the style in the second half for a 1-5 victory.
  • October 29th at home to Watford - 0-0 at the half. Arsenal went on to win 2-0.
  • October 23rd at home to Everton - 0-0 at the half. Arsenal went on to win 2-0.
  • September 15th at Newcastle - 0-0 at halftime. The Gunners left with all three points and a 1-2 victory.
  • September 2nd at Cardiff - 1-1 at halftime. Arsenal ended up winning 2-3.
  • August 25th at home to West Ham - 1-1 at the break. The Gunners turned on the flair in the second half for a 3-1 final.

Of course, it would be great to see this dominating style of play for a full 90 minutes. However, if the second half is when the Gunners really get going and it results in wins, the fans will be very happy.