“And it was more looking at it ‘when am I going to get a game? Will I fit in here? If there’s an injury I’ll fit in’.
“Whereas this season he’s getting those run of games, the confidence is there, he’s playing with assurance and actually believes now he can be a starting player in an Arsenal team.”
Mesut Ozil dropped to the bench for the trip to Bournemouth and Gunners legend Alan Smith claims the German was victim of a formation change from Emery.
“In Unai Emery we’ve got a manager that will pick according to the occasion and who he thinks will suit that,” Smith said.
“He’s a great one for studying videos and cutting up the analysis himself, spends hours on end in his office doing that.