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Emery admits Arsenal must improve defensively

Unai Emery was once again discussing the need for his Arsenal team to improve in the defensive third as The Gunners prepare for their trip to Liverpool on Saturday evening.

Arsenal have conceded 25 goals in their 19 league games this season and Emery knows this has to change if his team is to realistically challenge for a top-four spot.

“We need more, but we need more from everybody and we need more also in our demanding ideas and we need to continue working on things,” Emery told his pre-match press conference.

“Mistakes are not only one player or two players or three players, but maybe also in the ideas. But at the moment, in the first half of the season, we are happy with 38 points. We need more. But it’s not bad, these points on the table.

“We need to improve defensively because we are scoring a lot of goals and before yesterday we were second in the table for scoring. But we need to get better in the defensive moments and concede less goals and less chances for the opposition.

“Also, in the last matches, we are having a lot of injuries in the defensive positions.”

Arsenal face the league’s second highest scorers, Liverpool, tomorrow in what promises to be the game of the weekend between two sides who have really been enjoying their football in recent months.

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