Speaking to Sky Sports after the 1-0 defeat to West Ham United on Saturday, Arsenal manager Unai Emery said he was happy with the players at his disposal at this moment.
In a game without many clear-cut chances, an obvious defensive mistake from Granit Xhaka allowed former Gunner Samir Nasri to set Declan Rice up for a clear shot from close range, and the 19-year-old midfielder slammed it into the top corner like a seasoned top-quality striker, scoring what turned out to be the winning goal for the Hammers.
However, despite the defeat and hinting at the club working on incoming transfers, Emery believes the players in the existing Arsenal squad possess enough quality to continue the revitalization of the club after the 22-year-long reign of Arsene Wenger.
Meanwhile, the London Stadium defeat means that Arsenal have now won only two points from their last five away games having won 13 in the previous five, and Emery agrees that it is something to be concerned about. He stressed that it is important for the team to be competitive not only at the Emirates, but at other stadiums as well.
The boss believes that Arsenal didn’t the deserve to lose the game over 90 minutes, but he admits that the team could have done more to impose themselves on the game and take control over the proceedings.
One detail that caught the eye ahead of the game was that Mesut Ozil wasn’t in the matchday squad, despite being declared fully fit. When asked about it, Emery simply said that his selection consisted of players who deserved to be picked, implying that Ozil didn’t. He also stressed that the outcome of a game does not depend on one player, and pointed out that Arsenal won games with and without the high-earning German, just as they lost them with and without him.