Arsenal may have won ten games on the bounce for the first time since 2007/08, but you won’t hear Unai Emery talking about anything but the improvements that need to be made and the challenges that lie ahead.
Having extended their Premier League winning run to seven games, the Gunners travel to Portugal tomorrow ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash with Sporting Lisbon. In the blink of an eye, they’ll be back in London taking on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Sunday.
The games really do come thick and fast at this time of year and our head coach is desperate that his team maintain their focus across all competitions. Talk of a title tilt is something he’s also eager to temper.
“It was very important for us to beat Leicester because they’re not far behind us. Now we’ve created a lot of distance with the teams behind us.
“Now in front we are looking at teams like Liverpool, like Manchester City, like Chelsea, but it’s not important to think about the end. We need to think about the next match against Crystal Palace on Sunday and I also think the Europa League is very important on Thursday.”
At the top of Emery’s concerns, is the way his side seem to start games slowly. Not for the first time this season, an opponent made life very difficult for Arsenal in the first half before quick-fire goals swung momentum our way. On this occasion though, the Spaniard was grateful for the positive vibes of the fans, who he credited with pushing his side on.
“When we were winning, controlling the game and finding chances to score, I think that’s the moment when our supporters pushed us forward and helped us,” he reflected.
“The atmosphere today was very big. The first 30 minutes was a difficult period and we needed to be together for our style and progressing in the match. We deserved to win today for everything in the 90 minutes.”