Unai Emery says Arsenal’s win at Bournemouth was a ‘big moment’ for his side following three consecutive draws in the Premier League.
The Gunners 2-1 victory, courtesy of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s second half strike, closes the gap on fourth place Chelsea to just a point ahead of tricky games with Sp*rs and Manchester United.
The result also extends the club’s unbeaten run to 17 games although they once again failed to take a lead into the half-time break.
“The result is very important,” reflected Emery after the game.
“We spoke in the dressing room at half-time, the process is our mentality. The result is very important. When they scored we needed to keep calm, keep control and get better in small things on the pitch.
“We knew this was a difficult stadium. For them, it was an important match so I am very happy for the players and the supporters, who pushed us today.
“Today is 17 matches we haven’t lost. But the last three we drew and we knew that was not enough for our objective.
“We were speaking during the week about how important it was today. It was a big moment for us.”
Before Arsenal return to league action, there’s a trip to Ukraine to tackle. Emery will likely ring the changes for Thursday’s match with Vorskla, but with a few players injured, he might not be able to rotate as much as he’d like.
One player who didn’t feature today was Mesut Ozil. The German was on the bench but he didn’t even get sent out to warm up. Instead, Aaron Ramsey, Matteo Guendouzi and Eddie Nketiah came on for late cameos.
Explaining his decision, Emery said: “We thought about how we can be better in the match today, with a very demanding match physically with their intensity against us and we decided.
“But every player is important. Also today we tried with three centre-backs. It’s another opportunity to improve and find our best performance.”