Unai Emery is pleased that his team showed character to score a late equaliser against Chelsea in Dublin last night, then hold their nerve in a penalty shoot-out to win the game.
The Gunners failed with spot kicks against Atletico Madrid last week, but this time they scored six out of six after Petr Cech saved from Loftus-Cheek, ensuring the win over our upcoming Premier League opponents.
Afterwards, the head coach believed his team did enough to get something from the game, having fashioned a number of good second half chances.
“We are very happy with the 90 minutes because I think the performance was getting better throughout the match after the first goal,” he said.
“But I think it’s also good because in this moment we need to stay together and react to these moments in the game, and then I think we controlled he match with possession, had good positioning on the pitch and created lots of chances which led to the goal.
“For that, I think the performance tonight was good and it will help us in our preparation for the start of the competition.”
The 46 year old was also asked about links again to Sevilla midfielder Steven N’Zonzi, and any other potential transfer activity before the window closes on August 9th.
“At the moment I’m very happy with the players that are here with us,” he said. “We also have others still to come, like Nacho Monreal, Lucas and Xhaka, who will start to get minutes on Saturday.
“I am telling you that we’re speaking inside and we are OK. There is only a possibility that we sign someone if it’s a good opportunity.”
From talking to a few people in Dublin yesterday, we get the sense that there’s no great expectation of further incomings at this point, and any activity is likely to involve players departing the club.
Remember, if we want to buy we have to do so before August 9th, but we’re free to sell and loan players until the European deadlines expire at the end of the month.