Unai Emery says he was pleased his players did enough to seal three points but admits Arsenal struggled on the way to a 2-1 win over Cardiff City.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s penalty, awarded for a foul on Sead Kolasinac, and Alex Lacazette’s solo effort put the Gunners in a commanding position before Nathaniel Mendez-Laing pulled one back for the visitors in added time.
The win keeps Arsenal within touching distance of the top four ahead of a tough trip to Manchester City on Sunday.
Facing the BBC cameras after the game, the Spaniard reflected: “We are happy. In the first half we didn’t deserve to go in winning and in the second half we played better, controlled the match better and created more chances.
“We started well in the first 10 minutes then I was not surprised with the performance as Cardiff worked very well.
“We struggled a lot in the match but it’s very important to get the three points. We know each match is difficult and we are happy – the difference is small details.”
Arsenal will have to improve on Sunday if they’re to take anything away from a trip to Manchester City. Pep Guardiola’s title-chasing side lost 2-1 at Newcastle and will know they can’t afford to drop further points. It’s going to be a tall order, but at least we head there with two wins on the bounce in the league.