On our unbeaten league run:
It’s only turning a corner in terms of results. A little bit in terms of the things I want to see from my team, but they were telling me now that ‘I’ve turned the ship around’, that ship still has to turn a few times more to see what we want to see. It’s part of the process, it doesn’t happen overnight, we are positive that we can keep going on this from the eight or nine weeks that we’ve been here. It will be down to the performances that we put in and it will be related to the results.
On our unbeaten league run:
It was another nervous afternoon in North London as Arsenal narrowly edged their way past West Ham United and picked up another three points as their push for a place in the top four, or perhaps five, continues. After the game Mikel Arteta gave his thoughts on the big result.
It’s time to get back into the swing of Premier League football as Arsenal prepare to try and work their way back into the top four mix. While it’s going to take a while for them to be viewed as serious contenders once again, the hope is that they can build up some momentum against sides that, realistically, they should be beating.
West Ham United almost certainly fall into that category and while it’s going to be a bit of a slog, they’ll be viewed as the favourites to come away with the three points from the Emirates later today.
On how Auba has trained after missing that chance against Olympiacos:
He was down. He felt responsible for what happened. We all tried to convince him that even though he had the best chance of the game, he was the one who put us in that situation earlier. He’s done it [scored] on many occasions this season and last season. We need him happy, smiling and full of energy. That’s the way he’s looked for the last few days.
Arsenal were able to get the win over West Ham United at London Stadium in a game that looked like it could be drifting away from them on more than a few occasions. In the end, though, they got themselves over the finish line, in what could wind up being a turning point in their campaign.
Angelo Ogbonna had given the Hammers a first half advantage, but in the second, Gabriel Martinelli popped up with a goal on his full Premier League debut to equalise. Nicolas Pepe curled in a wonderful effort to put Ljungberg’s side ahead, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang completing the hat-trick and sealing the points.
On finding time to improve between games:
It would be nice to have a few days so I can actually practise with them. Before the game is almost like a walkthrough, slowly, of what we need to do and maybe that’s why we start a bit too slowly all the time! Because you can’t really have the tempo in training, but it’s a lot of video and trying to show sequences that we can do better because we can’t really do it on the field. That’s not ideal, but that’s December and the situation I’m in with the players. We do the best we can.
We may be favouring the Gunners in saying this (we definitely are), but we tend to believe that the Emirates is one of the best stadiums in world football. You can make all the jokes you want about Arsenal as a football club, but when it comes to stadiums, they’re right up there.
We mean that in terms of overall quality, to be perfectly clear, but a lot of folks often look at another statistic: and that statistic is the capacity. Despite the fact that the actual attendance figures don’t often match up to the capacity of the grounds, that’s one of the primary focal points. We tend to think that’s a little bit silly, but alas, here we are.
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.
Arsenal suffered their fifth league defeat of the season at the London Stadium on Saturday, as West Ham managed to edge them out and take all the points. Despite the opposition not being among the ‘top six’ sides, there’s no real shame in losing an away game to a well-drilled, experienced team with a Premier League winner as their manager.
However, there certainly are things to be closely looked at and taken as lessons from this game. To put it simply, Unai Emery got outsmarted by Manuel Pellegrini this time. How? Let’s take a look.
Premier League football can be extremely unforgiving at times, and in the first two weeks of the season, Arsenal felt that pain. Their games against Chelsea and Manchester City served as an example of how cruel the scheduling process can be, but on top of that, those results put a lot of pressure on the Gunners to get the job done against London rivals West Ham United. Of course, a lot of neutrals were rooting for them to lose, but under the guidance of Unai Emery, they were able to block out that noise on the pitch.