No Premier League facet has taken extra factors than Aston Villa since Unai Emery was appointed Steven Gerrard’s successor again in November.
Emery, who left La Liga outfit Villarreal to take the job at Villa Park, has made an distinctive begin to the job. The Spanish coach has masterminded 5 wins and only one defeat from his seven Premier League matches accountable for the membership.
When Gerrard was sacked again in October, Villa had been languishing close to the relegation zone, having received simply two of their opening 11 matches.
“It didn’t finish nicely for him at Arsenal however I nonetheless don’t suppose you’ll be able to poke holes in his pedigree. You’re speaking a couple of man who’s received the Europa League 4 instances. I believe he’s a extremely, actually good coach,” former Villa striker Darren Bent instructed talkSPORT when requested concerning the appointment of Emery.
“He had the entire Ozil state of affairs to take care of as nicely which went in opposition to him. I don’t suppose you win the trophies that he’s received should you’re not coach. You’ll be able to say what you need about his time at Arsenal, nevertheless it was at all times going to be laborious coming in after Arsene Wenger. I believe it’s the suitable appointment. I’d say I’m enthusiastic about it.”
Bent’s optimism has since been vindicated. The membership have dramatically shot up the desk then, with outcomes beneath Emery seeing the membership certainly out of the relegation dialog.
Aston Villa are actually as much as eleventh within the desk, solely a degree behind the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool, and solely 5 factors behind fifth-place Tottenham. If they will keep these sort of outcomes, qualifying for European competitors certainly isn’t out of the query.
The one low level to this point got here with a last-gasp 2-1 defeat at residence to Stevenage within the FA Cup, however Emery’s facet have responded admirably since then with back-to-back league wins over Leeds United and Southampton.
Emery himself is proud of the outcomes however is focusing on additional enhancements in performances and has closely hinted that he’d wish to see squad reinforcements earlier than the tip of the January switch window.
“I believe we are able to do higher,” Emery instructed the BBC following the 1-0 win over Southampton.
“We’re successful some matches however there’s extra in my thoughts I need to do. A variety of groups are attempting to signal gamers to enhance and keep within the Premier League. Now we have solely signed one participant [Moreno] for the time being.
“We’re, above all, giving our [current] gamers the chance to point out they’ve improved with us, then we are able to add some gamers to enhance the squad and add higher steadiness to every place.”
For example how good the outcomes have been beneath Emery, check out how the Premier League desk shapes up since he was appointed at first of November.
Notice: all groups have performed seven video games until in any other case specified.
1. Arsenal – 16 factors, GD +9 (performed six)
2. Manchester United – 16 factors, GD +7
3. Aston Villa – 16 factors, GD +5
4. Newcastle United – 15 factors, GD +8
5. Brentford – 14 factors, GD +7 (performed six)
6. Brighton – 13 factors, GD +6
7. Manchester Metropolis – 13 factors, GD +4
8. Liverpool – 13 factors, GD +1
9. Fulham – 12 factors, GD +3
10. Nottingham Forest – 12 factors, GD +1
11. Chelsea – 8 factors, GD -1 (performed eight)
12. Crystal Palace – 8 factors, GD -6 (performed eight)
13. Tottenham – 7 factors GD -2
14. Wolves – 7 factors, GD -2 (performed six)
15. Leicester – 7 factors, GD -3
16. Leeds United – 5 factors, GD -3 (performed six)
17. West Ham – 4 factors, GD -6
18. Bournemouth – 4 factors, GD -7
19. Southampton – 3 factors, GD -9
20. Everton – 1 level, GD -12
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