Unai Emery says that Arsenal were deserved winners over Sporting in the Europa League this evening after Danny Welbeck’s late goal gave the Gunners a 1-0 win and their first ever victory on Portuguese soil.
It made it eleven wins in eleven games for the Spaniard’s side, and while he was happy with the victory he expressed some concern over another first half in which his team didn’t really click.
His Arsenal are very much a second half outfit, and that’s something that is clearly beginning to bother him despite this fantastic run of victories.
Speaking afterwards, Emery said, “The match is 90 minutes and different things happened tactically and individually in the game. In the game, the team deserved to win this match, but the first half is not clear for us.
“The balance for the two teams, I think there are a lot of chances to score. And in the second half, I think, step-by-step, we imposed our jobs and we imposed our good play in the second half.
“We spoke in the dressing room before the start of the match today about our objectives. And one objective is this. But the most important thing is that when we were in the dressing room at half-time, we spoke.
“We could not impose our ideas in the first 45 minutes but in the second half we had the chance and the opportunity to change the result and continue in our way, thinking only to win this match and to improve things in the second half.
“I think we did that in the second half, but we need to continue finding the solution for us to be better in the first halves.”
If he can find a way to make us effective for 90 minutes that would be very welcome, but if we keep winning games until he discovers that secret then nobody can complain too much.
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