By Adrian Kajumba For The Mail On Sunday
Published: 22:30 BST, 21 September 2019 | Updated: 22:30 BST, 21 September 2019
Arsenal's playing out from the back is here to stay as it is now their 'identity', according to Unai Emery.
Arsenal's head coach reassured nervous fans that his players will mix things up and occasionally resort to an old fashioned long ball when the time is right.
But there is no danger of him ditching a key part of his philosophy altogether despite all the heart-in-the-mouth moments it has caused.
Arsenal boss Unai Emery has insisted he will keep asking his players to play out from the back
Those started last season when Emery's approach was particularly problematic for former goalkeeper Petr Cech.
They died down once Bernd Leno, who is more comfortable with the ball at his feet, eventually replaced Cech as Arsenal's No.1.
The change in the goal kick laws though, has brought with it new teething problems and, in fairness, not just for Arsenal.
With defenders now allowed inside their area to receive the ball from their goalkeeper that does, in theory, give teams a few added seconds to start attacks from the back.
The flipside of the change is it leaves teams at greater risk of conceding and closer to their own goal once the ball is deemed to be in play, triggering the opposition press, which is now as soon as it is kicked.
Arsenal were punished for getting their