Unai Emery claimed Arsenal showed signs of improvement despite 2-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt
Under-pressure head coach Unai Emery maintained in front of what was a Emirates Stadium audience, despite seeing his side lose 2-1 to Eintracht Frankfurt from the Europa 24, Arsenal showed signs of improvement.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang place the Gunners on the stroke of half-time in front but two goals in eight moments watched the Bundesliga side safe success, and ramp up the strain on Emery.
A chorus of boos greeted the final whistle as the Arsenal supporters, who held up banners that read:”Emery Out. No tactics, no formation, nowhere to hide”, made their feelings known.
Defeat means Arsenal are now winless in their past seven matches, with Emery seemingly clinging to his occupation as reports continue to associate replacement applicants together with the post.
Despite the mounting strain in his position, Emery was keen to take the positives, saying:”I believe we all improved.
“In the first half we had control of the match and we’re winning 1-0 however we created chances to score another goal.
“The first five or 10 minutes or so of the next half had been favorable, the way we had been playing,” he further added.
“We lost control within 15 minutes of the second half and they scored two goals after which we couldn’t alter the outcome.
“The past 20 minutes we tried to come back but we did not make in that moment a big chance to score”
Emery slit regarding his future, saying his attention continues to be in Norwich, which will be live on Renault Super Sunday on Sky Sports Premier League around Arsenal game.
“I am being convinced but above all realistic,” he added. “I am thinking about another game and how we could improve.
“If we play in the first half, then that is the manner.
“We’re now well,” he added. “We dropped but it was an opportunity tonight to win this match. We deserved it. We improved over the last match here, I presume.
“We are top of the group and we lost a very good chance to accomplish the next round tonightbut we will take another in Liege.”
Meanwhile, the return of Granit Xhaka proved the only positive on another difficult night for Arsenal and Emery.
Because he was stripped of the captaincy for swearing with Crystal Palace the midfielder made his initial appearance, and Emery was delighted with his performance and the supporters’ response.
“He played well,” Emery said.
“it’s extremely good news for Granit. He performed well along with the supporters helped him.”
Arsenal travel to Norwich on Sunday at 2pm at the Premier League, live on Sky Sports, while their last Europa League group-stage clash is at Standard Liege on December 12 at 5.55pm.