Arsenal fell to Leicester City last night at the King Power Stadium, ensuring that their push for a place in the top four becomes all the more difficult. With the international break looming and Emery’s position as manager being as uncertain as ever, the man himself took the time to speak with the media.
On the loss to Leicester:
Good evening. We can be disappointed with the result but with the attitude of the players, they did the game plan we prepared for. We started the first half by having chances by controlling the game, and at the start of the second half too, in our moment like we wanted. They created some chances too and when they scored the first goal, that’s when we lost the opportunity to do something in that match.
On the top four gap:
It depends because now Chelsea and Leicester are with Liverpool and Manchester City – they have got a difference between them and us. But also, we have Manchester United and Tottenham behind us. It’s been a very equal competition with a lot of teams, but really now the difference that Chelsea and Leicester have created with us… they’ve had time to be consistent. The competition is 38 matches and now we are behind them with nine points difference. It’s good for them but we have time to achieve and recover that difference.
On what needs to change:
We need to feel stronger at home, at the Emirates. This is the first way I want to achieve that and I want to do that with the players. If we can feel strong at home, take confidence and take points with a good performance, I know we will achieve points and good matches against every team. The next match is our challenge now at home. We haven’t lost at home but we have drawn matches where we lost points and the possibility of being better in the table. The loss here is also because they are in a good moment, are one with their supporters and feel strong here. But we worked on our game plan as we prepared and I think we did that. The difference is that they scored the first goal and then we lost that structure.
On people saying the managerial position should change:
For me, as a coach, it’s about continuing stronger and improving with our players. I am speaking with the club to stay calm and to stay patient to improve and recover some confidence with some circumstances. We have young players who are improving and growing up with us. We are receiving criticism but I know that’s my job. I’ve had lots of moments like that but I’ve recovered by working to get confidence, being together with the club and players.
How do you feel about the loss to Leicester?