Emery's thoughts on the Watford draw - Part 2 - My Arsenal Blog

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Emery’s thoughts on the Watford draw – Part 2

Posted on September 18, 2019 by Harry Kettle

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.

on Granit Xhaka saying the players were ‘scared’ in the second half…
Maybe it’s a very individual feeling. I think in football you never need to have scared, you need to take that moment as an experience for you and for us, but really I can feel the players, I can feel me the same, sometimes when we were struggling, the possibility to don’t achieve our good consequence with our game plan. But we need to be strong in our mentality, but not for the players, for us, and to create our way, working and improving the things like today that happened in the second half.

on why he took off Dani Ceballos…
But today it was very, very hot. We needed in the second half, some fresh players. We were struggling second half and I was thinking how we can improve with three players, fresh players, for give us more energy and give us also more capacity to be strong physically and tactically and also technically.

on David Luiz making a mistake and giving away a penalty…
But when we are analysing inside about the mistakes, I prefer to speak about the mistake collectively and also I have the responsibility for all decisions we are taking as a team and individually also, I don’t want to do or to say it’s for one player or another. First is our work, is my responsibility and after is give them confidence and give them capacity to get better our game plan. Individual mistakes we are working collectively more than individually.

Long story short: it’s time to forget about the past, and focus on the future. There’s nothing that can be done about the Watford result, and in truth, Arsenal are kind of lucky that it wasn’t even worse.

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