Unai Emery: I think Arsenal improved despite defeat by Eintracht Frankfurt
Head coach Unai Emery maintained Arsenal showed signs of improvement despite watching his side lose in front of what was a Emirates Stadium audience.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang place the Gunners on the stroke of half-time in front however two goals in two minutes watched the Bundesliga side stable victory, and ramp up the strain on Emery.
A chorus of boos greeted the final whistle since the Arsenal supporters, who held up banners which read:”Emery Out. No tactics, no creation, nowhere to hide”, made their feelings known.
Defeat means Arsenal are now winless in their last seven games, with Emery clinging to his job as reports are still link replacement candidates.
Regardless of the mounting pressure on his place, Emery was eager to take the advantages, stating:”I believe we enhanced.
“In the first half we had control of this game and we were winning 1-0 however we created chances to score a second aim.
“The first five or 10 minutes or so of the next half has been positive, the way we had been enjoying,” he added.
“We lost command within 15 minutes of the second half and they scored two goals and then we couldn’t alter the outcome.
“The final 20 minutes we attempted to come back but we did not create in that moment a significant chance to score”
Emery slit about his future, saying his attention continues to be around Arsenal match.
“I am being positive but over all sensible,” he added. “I am thinking about the next game and how we could improve.
“When we play like in the first half, then that’s the manner.
“We are now well,” he added. “We dropped but it was a chance tonight to win this game. We deserved it. We improved over the match here, I think.
“We’re high in the team and we all lost a very good opportunity to attain the next round tonightbut we are going to take yet a second in Liege.”
Meanwhile, Granit Xhaka’s yield revealed the only favorable on another night for Arsenal and Emery.
Since he had been stripped of the captaincy for swearing at supporters in a month’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace, the Swiss midfielder made his initial appearance, and Emery was delighted with the supporters’ reaction and also his performance.
“He actually played well,” Emery said.
“It is extremely good news for Granit. He performed well and the fans helped him.”
Sky Sports’ Oliver Yew at the Emirates Stadium…
“‘Emery Out. No strategies, no creation, nowhere to conceal'”
“These were the words visible on a banner followed by frustrated Arsenal fans during the second half of the Gunners suffered another setback beneath Unai Emery – and it’s rather tricky to disagree.
“There were yet more strategic changes from Emery because he changed David Luiz into a holding midfield role – an experiment which stopped when the Brazilian was forced in the area because of injury early in the match.
“Despite contributing at half-time, the Gunners again lacked leadership and appeared devoid of any type of confidence during the game, that was played before a sparse crowd at the Emirates Stadium.
“The manager continuously barked orders from his technical area but on the pitch it all looked muddled once more, and the Gunners never really looked like finding a way out after Eintracht Frankfurt levelled things up.
“Panic then put in as Arsenal’s defending cracked under the strain. It appeared inevitable that Frankfurt would go on to score a second before finding the bottom corner as Kamada was given the liberty of north west London on the border of the Arsenal 32, and the inevitable happened.
“The pressure was building among the home fans and it hit a crescendo as the last whistle condemned Emery’s guys to their worst run since 1992. Despite the audience, the boos were loud. They have been making their feelings known obvious and loud – and it’s time for the powers which are to listen.
“Decisive isn’t normally a term related to the decision makers at the Emirates Stadium, however they need to take control of this situation before it is too late”
Arsenal journey to Norwich on Sunday at 2pm at the Premier League, live on Sky Sports, while their last Europa League group-stage battle reaches Standard Liege on December 12 at 5.55pm.