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Arsenal have had an interesting start under Unai Emery..

Ian Wright offers up his take on the positive from Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal

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Arsenal have had a strange old season so far - although it was always going to be after the departure of Arsene Wenger.

Unai Emery's appointment brought about a new era at Arsenal for the first time in over twenty years and that has naturally made for a newsworthy season.

It began with back-to-back defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea - same old Arsenal, many thought.

But then a 22-game unbeaten run saw the Gunners rocket up the table and firmly challenge for the top four.

There was even a point in the season where they shared a record with top-of-La Liga Barcelona, showing just how well they'd done to recover.

The undefeated run was unceremoniously ended by Southampton, of all teams, and then a defeat in the League Cup to Tottenham followed later in the month.

And what has been a noteworthy year ended in noteworthy style with a trip to Anfield to face league leaders Liverpool.

The subsequent 5-1 defeat has acted of a reality check for Arsenal - one that Gunners legend Ian Wright hopes can actually move the club forward.

“It’s a disappointing end to the year on such an emphatic defeat but I think you have to take the positives from the team,” Wright said on YouTube.

Arsenal struggled against Liverpool.

“This time last year, I don’t think we had won away yet and were nowhere near a 20-game unbeaten run.

“There was a lot to take from the run, even though we weren’t hammering team, we were on a run that we hadn’t been on for a long time.

“We’ve got to move players on and the Liverpool defeat showed that. There are three or four players in the starting line-up that should be moved on or farmed out because we need to progress.

Arsenal's defenders didn't cover themselves in glory.

“I’m hoping that result will release some funds for Unai [in January]."

It's a very positive take on a demoralising defeat for Arsenal but it certainly did showcase the need for signings as Emery's job is far from done.

Perhaps it is time for the purse strings to be loosened once again.

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