Arsenal fc of England crushed Italian side Napoli home and away to meet all requirements for their first European semi-last in 10 years, yet the success in Naples was a noteworthy for Manager Unai Emery as the Gunners Boss has now maintained lead as the manager with the most wins after 50 matches in the club’s long history.
Triumph in Naples confirmed Arsenal’s place in the semi-finals of this season’s Europa League after the two-nil triumph in the first leg, presently Unai Emery has a more prominent number of wins than some former Arsenal Bosses in history after their initial 50 matches following the team 32nd win against Napoli.
Alexandre Lacazette’who secured Arsenal 1-0 win against Napoli with his first-half splendid free-kick has stepped Unai Emery’s 50th game since taking over Arsene Wenger. This achievement in Emery’s first campaign in England has put more value on the the Spaniard above the long-serving Frenchman Arsene Wenger.
NO OF WINS AFTER 50 MATCHES AT ARSENAL
32 – Unai Emery
28 – George Allison
27 – George Graham
27 – Herbert Chapman
25 – Jack Crayston
24- Tom Whittaker
24 – George Swindin
23 – Arsene Wenger
23 – Don Howe
Emery has won 32 of his first 50 matches in charge – nine more than his predecessor and four more than any other manager in the club’s history. George Allison is the manager to have enjoyed the next best start in the Gunners hot seat. He won 28 of his first 50 games in charge, while George Graham and the brilliant Herbert Chapman both won 27,
Wenger, meanwhile, won just 23 of his first 50 matches after to taking over in October 1996, a similar number as Don Howe. It stays to be seen whether Emery will add to Arsenal’s accumulation of flatware this season, however, triumph in Naples kept alive their Europa League hopes. Leading 2-0 from the first leg, Emery’s side awed in the midst of a tenuous air in Italy and after the game the manager commended his players’ courage.
“Yes (the players are heroes tonight). I’m proud of the players and supporters, who came here to be with us. We showed we can play matches against good teams with a big personality. With a big atmosphere here, we started very well. We didn’t consider the possibility of failing. I don’t know if it’s the best performance under my management but it’s good to be carrying on in our way,” he said.