Unai Emery has said that his Arsenal side needs to do ‘a lot of work’ in order to achieve the style of football he desires.
The Spaniard has been given the unenviable task of following on from Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger, who finally hung up his long overcoat after 22 years in charge at the end of last season.
Many of Arsenal’s problems under Wenger had revolved around the Gunner’s sloppy defence and weak midfield, but during today’s 3-2 defeat to Chelsea, the same old problems seemed to be evident, despite the new man at the helm.
While Arsenal showed some great attacking play at times, carving the Blues open at will on numerous occasions, Emery said that his team need to attack and defend as a unit:
“It is clear the result is not good for us but the process is continuing,” Emery told the media.
“Today, one thing is in the first half the reaction after 2-0, and also the efficiency. We had chances to do more score in the first half, I think we need to control the second half like we want, but I think we didn’t play like the first half and our chances were less.
“The attacking moment is all the team and the defensive moment is all the team. We need to be more compact. We need a lot of work together and it is my responsibility first, to give this compact block and to give this attacking balance.
“We need to continue working for what we want, our process, today we had two midfielders one 19 and one 21 years old, we need to give them the confidence to play, but our way, our process, is to improve and give these chances to the young players. I think today is for not happy with the result, but the next matches to prepare well.”