Emery ‘Proud’ Of His Team Despite Third Loss In Seven Days
Arsenal manager Unai Emery insisted he was “proud” of his players after Arsenal’s third loss in seven days.
Arsenal’s top four hopes now hangs in the balance after the team succumbed to an embarrassing 3-0 defeat at the hands of Leicester City.
Its was also the Gunner’s first time of conceding three goals in three in three successive matches since 1967 after conceding three each against Crystal Palace and Wolves.
Emery though has praise for his players whom he said performed well despite Ainsley Maitland-Niles being sent off after two yellow cards.
“I don’t agree with the first yellow card,” said Emery. “I don’t think it was a yellow card.
“I think maybe the first yellow card is not a foul. It was just seven minutes into the game and I don’t agree.”
He added: “The players worked very well. I am proud of them. With one player less they continued our gameplan, first to be together and more defensively strong and in attacking moments to take our chance.
“But the first goal has conditioned the result and we were better on the pitch with one player less. But with some corners and some actions on the pitch they scored the second goal and finished the match.”
“Our game-plan was to be strong and our defensive moments and in attacking moments to take our chances attacking their back four,” he said.
“We started very well, with good positioning and defensively not a lot of problems.
“They were with the possession but the idea at home in football is to control possession and we were good on the pitch.”
Indeed, Leicester City had the buck of the possession, with Arsenal allowed just 27% – the lowest the club has ever managed in a Premier league game.
“We wanted to grow in 90 minutes and to take our opportunities, being competitive in 90 minutes and being strong in our mentality.
“But with the second yellow card it gave us a lot of problems to control our gameplan and be efficient. We continued with one player less but knowing it was going to be difficult. That has conditioned the result a lot.