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Emery asks for ‘patience’ as Arsenal slip eight points behind top four with Leicester defeat

Arsenal’s disappointing start to the season continued this evening with a 2-0 loss at high-flying Leicester, though Unai Emery has asked for ‘patience’ from the club’s fans – and maybe the board.

The Spaniard is coming under increasing pressure following a less than impressive start to the season, the 2-0 loss in the East Midlands seeing the Gunners slip eight points behind the Champions League qualifiying places.

Goals from Jamie Vardy and James Maddison leave Arsenal with just four league wins from their opening 12 Premier League games, the North London club slipping to sixth behind surprise package Sheffield United.

With many sections of his clubs fanbase calling for his head, Unai Emery has asked for ‘patience’, claiming he has a ‘young’ squad – despite today’s starting line-up having an average age of 27.

“[The aim] now already is to win the next match at home to Southampton and be consistent in the 38 matches,” Emery told Sky Sports.

“Now we have some difference behind Leicester, behind Chelsea but keep moving to take confidence and take our performance we are going to do.

“Our challenge in the next matches is to recover the points for us and also in the long term, in 38 matches, little by little get better for our target at the end. But we are going to think only for the next matches and the next three points.

“We need time and we need patience. We changed a lot of players and we have young players. We know we are in a way with a very demanding, very ambitious in our target but we know we need time and patience. We are going to achieve with young players, with experienced players. We have had a lot of circumstances they didn’t help us to achieve the best performance, the best result. But with patience and being consistent we are going to do.

“The patience is the next match against Southampton. The most important thing is being calm, being ambitious and demanding our self to work and stand up in our mentality and in our work.”

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