Many of the Gunners’ fans were furious with the team’s awful display away from home. However, manager Unai Emery had thoughts otherwise.
Lys Mousset’s strike in the 30th minute was enough to give Sheffield the victory as, despite Alexandre Lacazette’s return from injury and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s presence, the Gunners failed to mount a comeback. They currently sit 5th in the table, having drawn 3 and lost 2 of their 9 games in the Premier League.
Unai Emery has been under pressure for Arsenals’s lack of winning motivation which has mostly resulted in draws which would rather have been won. However, Emery remains defiant, and ahead of Arsenal’s UEFA Europa League (UEL) clash with Vitoria Guimaraes, appeared to hit back at the criticism, saying that the club is more competitive now than it was under Arsene Wenger.
“Sometimes we forget the memory and we need to remember,” he said, as was reported by the Evening Standard. “When I arrived here, this team needed to improve being more competitive. “This team in history was winning 1-0 and being very competitive, but it wasn’t enough. Then one process being competitive and with improved creativity. “When I arrived here, creativity is more or less good, but being competitive was worse. It was not enough.
“I think last year I started to improve being competitive, also more or less creativity with some very good matches playing with that creativity. “The supporters, there are a lot of supporters with different opinions. Some want more creativity, some want maybe more intensity, more energy. I want both and my way is both, both sometimes one player is less with than that another because this is the way. “Last year we did not achieve, we were in the table by one point and in the Europa League final and we lost in the end. And okay, we were there. And this year – be there and take it.”
Emery failed to provide the Gunners with a Champions League last season. They also lost the Europa League final to arch rivals Chelsea. The gunners haven’t had a great start to this season either. They had a very busy transfer market. Signing Saliba, Tierney, Pepe, Ceballos and many other stars. However, the results haven’t borne fruit.
Arsenal have failed to capitalise on chances and have given away gaols awfully. Emery has a lot of work to do before this Arsenal team gets ready to compete for the Premier League Title. The coming weeks will be crucial for Emery, who faces a sack in results aren’t delivered.