Following yet another tricky day at the office for him, Arsenal boss Unai Emery spoke with the media after the game as he continues to try and figure out the puzzle that is Arsenal Football Club’s poor form this season.
On the draw against Wolves:
Good evening. I’m disappointed with the result above all because I think the players tried, the players worked, and the most difficult thing against Wolves is to score the first goal and take advantage in the result. We needed to score the second goal to take more confidence than we had at 1-0 and also because they are a strong team defensively, but also they have the structure offensively. They have the habit of playing matches with that result and being consistent to try to score and draw. They did that and we lost the opportunity at 1-0. When they equalised, we tried. We got into the box, we created some chances which weren’t very clear but we created them. Also, in the last moments when we were pushing a lot, they had good transitions, one or two transitions when they didn’t score. I think it was an equal match and maybe we deserved it a little more than them, but we struggled. In a game against them, when you have that opportunity after 1-0 to get more of an advantage, you need to take it. We didn’t.
On the fans’ reaction:
I am frustrated with the result and also because we lost two very good opportunities at home against two teams who we didn’t win against last season either. But I think the players tried and worked. They did all we spoke about before the game but we lost a very good opportunity after we went 1-0 up.
On only getting one clean sheet in their last eight:
We can improve. We must improve that balance defensively. Above all, we deserved more. The key was to have more clear chances to score the second goal and get the result for us. Last week at home, we were also winning 2-0 and in two different situations, we conceded two goals. The key at the moment is not the goals we concede, it’s the difference between our goals and the opposition’s goals.
On feeling under pressure:
I am very demanding of myself. I feel every time my responsibility to work and to come back from the result with the next matches.
To be continued…