Unai Emery talks to the media after Southampton draw - Part 2 - My Arsenal Blog

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Unai Emery talks to the media after Southampton draw – Part 2

Posted on November 25, 2019 by Harry Kettle

On the formation change:
That’s a decision I’ve made because I need to find a solution. We play with three centre backs to feel stronger defensively. But also because in the first half, we were better defensively. But it wasn’t enough. We needed to attack more in the second half so I changed it. Then when we were attacking more, we had 20 or 25 minutes where we were better offensively but then defensively we lost a little bit of that balance and conceded more chances than we wanted. That is the issue. I need to work, I need to analyse, I need to find a solution. Today I tried that, starting with the centre backs, changing in the first half when we were drawing because we wanted to win. We wanted to achieve more risks to attack and to get more players in the attacking third. But then we struggled defensively then with their transition. Now we are going to analyse it and find solutions as to whether we are better with three or two centre backs, the balance, and then work out how we can be stronger defensively and offensively. We lost that balance. We had a strong start to the second half in the first 20 or 25 minutes, but then we lost that balance and defensively we struggled more than we needed. At the end we drew and it’s not enough. We’re frustrated and disappointed, so are the supporters. Now we are speaking in the dressing room, the coaches, the club, and we need to work and analyse to find a solution. We can be disappointed at the moment but we need to keep on moving for the next match, to prepare and improve on the issues.

On his future:
Now my job is to analyse, to try to move on with confidence with the players. It’s difficult but we need to move on in the next days. After analysing that match are going to play at home again on Thursday, prepare as well as possible. We know, and I know, that we need to connect with our supporters.

On whether he believes his position is under threat:
The club are supporting me every day and also I have a responsibility. I know I can do better, I can take more performances with the players and I’m going to try to do that.

On Auba, Laca & Pepe:
Last year we achieved a lot of good matches playing with Laca, Auba and Mesut Ozil. We started them all today playing against Southampton because we needed to take confidence. We used a different system because the players are ready to do that. It’s not a problem with the system. First, it’s to have confidence and connect with our supporters here, to get a good result. It’s coming with that confidence. The players today, for example Lacazette scored, Aubameyang worked, I think Mesut Ozil worked for 90 minutes. If we scored a second goal in the second half at the beginning, I think maybe that moment was the key moment to take that confidence and connect with our supporters. We wanted to connect with them to be stronger and win that match. We didn’t do that and at the end we drew. It’s not enough but at the last moment we achieved that point. Now we need to be angry, also disappointed, but keep going ahead.

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