After falling to an opening day defeat to Man City, the Arsenal players and Manager were philosophical about the game and were not too disheartened by the loss.
Unai Emery’s first game in charge was always going to be a tough one against City and things aren’t going to get any easier with another hard game up next, with a visit to Chelsea where Arsenal will be hoping to get some points on the board against our London rivals, for all of the best odds on the game get on over to the betting experts at OLBG.com.
Speaking straight after the Man City defeat on Sunday, Emery said:
“The first half we didn’t play like we wanted. We spoke at half-time about taking more responsibility for the second half, to do a little more…”
“We wanted to build with the ball and break their lines. I think in the second half we played more like we want…”
It did feel like we played ok despite coming out of the game with nothing, and things definitely improved once Lacazette joined up with Aubameyang up front, with a few chances being carved out despite the back of the net not being found.
Striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wasn’t too down after the game when he said:
“We still need some time to adapt to the new manager and to integrate the new players. It is hard to test ourselves in a first game like this against City because they are so strong…”
Chelsea ran out 3-0 winners away at Huddersfield in their opening fixture and will be a tough opponent for us in the late Saturday night game. Despite our opening two games being very difficult, another defeat could leave us bottom of the league with a mountain to climb for Emery and Arsenal.