Why Southampton Deserve Their Win – Emery
Arsenal’s unbeaten run has come to an embarrassing end, considering the opposition and the type of goals they conceded.
But Unai Emery is not seeing it as embarrassing. He believes the better team won and his team had it coming.
The Arsenal Manager faced the media and discussed his team’s 3-2 loss away to Southampton on Sunday.
“We could lose and we lost. In the 90 minutes we had different issues in the first and the second half.
“In the second half we were better with control in the game and creating more chances than them, controlling the transitions. But with a very small action they scored the goal.
“Also they deserve it. They played with very big motivation, with the supporters pushing. Our game today was very similar to how we have played before, but the result is different,” he said.
Arsenal are short of fitness and quality in defence but that still does not justify the three goals they conceded against Southampton – their problem so far in the season.
It also explains why they have gone 22 matches unbeaten, but were only in fifth position in the table.
“It’s true we need to improve and concede less chances to the opposition. Only when we analyse this match can we take a more real opinion about the goals we conceded.
“One reality is we need to improve and concede less. We are scoring a lot, we are second in the table for goals scored, but we have also conceded a lot - at least more than we want for our objective.”
Can the boys bounce back from this defeat?
“Our demands are very big and the level is very high with other teams. If we don’t win, like today, we cannot be in the top four. But other teams are winning. We need to do our way and build up the team in one process.
“The objective is the top four, but we know it’s not easy as the other teams are at a high level. We need to be very demanding of ourselves, as we are.”
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