‘We have to improve’ is the mantra coming out of Arsenal despite the 3-1 win over West Ham yesterday.
There’s obviously pleasure at having won our first game of the season, but from the manager to the players there’s an acceptance that things need to be better defensively.
Unai Emery said, Aaron Ramsey said it, as did Nacho Monreal who insisted that he was happy to win but not so much at the amount of chances we allowed the Hammers during the course of the 90 minutes.
The Spanish international, who drew the Gunners level with a 30th minute goal, spoke after the game and said, “We are really happy for getting our first three points in the competition, but obviously it hasn’t been our best performance and we have to improve.
“In the first half we conceded, but we could have conceded a few more so we need to learn about that.
“But as I said before, we are really happy about getting three points and it was our target before the kick-off.”
The 31 year old didn’t pull any punches about the performance either, and when asked what exactly needs to improve at the back he continued, “Obviously we have started a new era with a new manager so we have to keep improving.
“For example, against Chelsea we did an excellent job but we conceded three goals and got zero points, and today we have to admit that we probably played worse than the other day, but we won the game so we have to keep improving.
“I think we are in the right way and we are learning every day in training. I think we’re going to keep improving.”