On how to approach this game:
To learn is first to have analysis on how we can improve, how we can recover our confidence playing with our objectives, starting and controlling the match, what we are doing with the ball. Really on Sunday we needed more, that’s what we wanted. We made some mistakes and conceded some goals. We spoke and we are working yesterday and today on how we can play tomorrow. Frankfurt are usually doing a very high press, with very fast players around the opponents. Tomorrow we need to improve on the mistakes we made on Sunday to do better. Also we want to achieve another way on the pitch, how we can break the pressing. After we want to control every game with the ball, with the positioning. We did that on Sunday in the first half, but in the second half we didn’t. And tomorrow is a new challenge, how we are improving, our positioning, our control and our ability to break the press. Also how we can play the long ball and make some actions in the attacking third, to get the ball, to score and to win the match. Tomorrow is another challenge for us to show we can improve from the game on Sunday.
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On how to approach this game:
The focus has shifted once again for Arsenal, as they prepare to go head to head with Eintracht Frankfurt in the opening game of their Europa League group stage. Unai Emery knows that he needs a big result in order to ease the stressful atmosphere currently lingering around the club, and as reported by Arsenal.com, he was more than happy to discuss that point in his press conference before the game.
On squad selection:
We are playing a lot of matches and I want to use different players and also we can have some rotation in the first XI. We have 19 players in the squad for tomorrow, Sokratis and Mesut are rested for the match.
After winning the opening two Premier League games of the season, Arsenal’s results haven’t been that great. While the Anfield defeat and the North London Derby draw perhaps shouldn’t draw too much criticism, what happened at in the second half at the Vicarage was a complete shambles. Defensive mistakes and the inability of midfield to wrest the control of the game away from the charged up Hornets resulted in a two-goal lead being wasted and two points unnecessarily dropped.
on if he’s going to have to rethink how we play out from goal kicks…
Yes but after their goal we tried once more and we broke their lines and we get into the attacking third with space. We didn’t achieve good chances in less moments we did that, but we need to repeat and we need also to have the capacity and to improve with be able to break when the teams want to press us like today, Watford was doing that.
In the wake of Arsenal’s draw with Watford, as reported by Arsenal.com, manager Unai Emery had some thoughts on what went down in the game. While some will call his comments ‘excuses’ and others will generally find ways to criticise him, it’s important to have this kind of clarity between fans and the gaffer.
Obviously, you didn’t need us to tell you that, but we still remain hopeful for Emery’s future at the club.
Arsenal are facing a tough six days ahead of them, as they are scheduled to appear in three games within a short period of time: on Thursday, 19 September, the lads will be travelling to Germany, where they will be playing a Europa League match against Eintracht Frankfurt; on Sunday, 22 September, they have a Premier League head-to-head with Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium; finally, on Tuesday, 24 September, the Gunners will be playing against Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup. Arsenal’s last match of the month is due to take place on 30 September against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Arsenal are coming off the fact of a pretty, well, fascinating game against Watford, in which they were unable to hold on and secure the three points they desired (and desperately needed). They were 2-0 up at one stage and seemed to be in cruise control but in the end, they allowed their defensive issues to get the better of them in a massive, massive way.
Arsenal defender Sokratis was having a fairly decent game against Watford at the weekend, and then, in the blink of an eye, one mistake changed all of that. Sokratis allowed the Hornets to make their way back into the game and while some fans are understandably upset, the man himself was more than happy to own up to the error – as confirmed by Arsenal.com.
on the game…
I think that I cost the game for the team. It was my mistake for something simple that I don’t have to do. I think this was the problem why we lose the three points.
When you score two goals for your team and put them into a 2-0 lead, it’s always going to be somewhat disappointing when the eventual result is 2-2 – and the game was against Watford. There’s no problem with dropping points to the Hornets, but defensively speaking, the Gunners handed the result to them on a silver platter.
Both goals were so unbelievably avoidable and even that might be an understatement. So then, for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who scored the two aforementioned goals, we can completely fathom why he was a little bit upset. The man himself spoke about the result in the immediate aftermath of the game and, in the end, we’d argue he was pretty respectful.
Arsenal missed out on the chance to return to winning ways this past weekend as they drew 2-2 with Watford. They had initially put together a 2-0 lead and, at times, seemed comfortable. Alas, when things started to go south in the second half, it was clear to see that there was no plan B. When it appeared as if the plan B was put into effect, the fingers were immediately being pointed in the direction of the boss.