Arsenal defeated to Everton 1-0 to go down to the fourth place in the Premier League. Following the game, Arsenal boss Unai Emery has spoken out to the press and explained the reason for defeat.
“I am, with my mind, with the same idea before the match. We know it’s going to be difficult, that today was a great opportunity to take three points. After the result we are fourth and we need in 38 matches to be consistent. We are going to have chances also.It depends on us and other teams. We can be negative because it’s three points less but it’s in our hands to continue taking chances to be in the top four,” said Emery.
The Spaniard paid attention to his side’s mentality and insisted his side were consistent in the first half: “We conceded good chances for them, they scored from one throw-in. In the attacking third we needed more.
“If the result was what we deserved in the first half we can continue in the second half and find moments to take better results. We needed to change quickly. We decided to play 4-2-3-1 and we lost the chance to be defensively consistent. We could create better chances in the second half. We needed a better balance.“
Emery also answered to the question was it a poor performance or did Everton play well?
“They felt strong here. Physically they are players with great physical performance. We needed to offensively change or allow more players to get the chances. Leno was perfect second half,” Emery answered.
The Spaniard also has spoken out on how he will ensure Arsenal won’t spiral out of control: “Today we are four. Our great opportunity was to be third, at the moment we are third. I knew before it was going to be difficult. After the result I think the same. We didn’t show our best performance. But we’re going to think the next match on Thursday and Watford away. Generally we are being consistent. Some frustration individually and collectively can come.”
Arsenal boss has said that Aaron Ramsey was a doubt to play 90 minutes and has addmited that Laurent Koscielny and Granit Xhaka could be doubts for Thursday’s Europa League quarter-final clash against Napoli.