Emery: We don’t need to be brilliant to win

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Unai Emery says his side don’t need to deliver ‘brilliant’ performances to pick up points on the road, they just need to be ‘competitive’; as proved by recent wins against Watford and Napoli.

Having dropped points on Sunday at home to Crystal Palace, Arsenal can’t afford negative results at Wolves and Leicester in the coming days.

It means we’ll need to shrug off our patchy form away from the Emirates, something that the boss things can happen if we keep it simple.

“We are speaking about being consistent and competitive,” he told his pre-game press conference.

“Sometimes we can be competitive but less brilliant than in our gameplan and we won doing that.

“Sometimes you are competitive, play brilliantly and it also gives you the victory. The two last matches away, we won against Napoli and against Watford and we weren’t brilliant.

“But we played competitively and it was enough for us to win. But we need to improve because maybe in the next match, it’s not enough for us to win.

“We are continuing in our way of thinking to improve, with big competitiveness. Some moments in the 90 minutes we need to not be brilliant, but to be competitive.

“In other moments, we need to be brilliant to use our quality to win against the opposition. Tomorrow we need more.

“We need to be competitive and we need some moments of quality. But above all, our organisation, our capacity to keep moving ahead but being organised and being consistent.”

Despite Arsenal’s defeat to Palace, our quest for a top-four finish remains in our hands courtesy of other results which included defeats for Sp*rs and Manchester United and a surprising draw between Chelsea and Burnley. After a poor day at the office, it should give a timely boost to the squad.

“At the beginning it’s in our hands if we win,” he said. “We want to be intelligent. On Sunday, we didn’t win but maybe today we can say that one point was important on Sunday.

“Maybe that can happen in the next matches. We will prepare to win but we can win, draw or lose. The first situation for us is in our hands if we win, but then we’re going to play difficult matches.

“Chelsea v Burnley at home was a difficult match and we were thinking they were going to win, but they were playing against a very strong Burnley side, it was a very tough match and the result was a draw.

“We want to be intelligent and consistent in 38 matches. Sometimes, one draw can be the way.”

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Gana
Gana

Just win, and we all would be fine.
Even with a CB pairing of Mustafi and Lichtsteiner. Provided, we win.
But first, WIN!

santori
santori

Watch the Arsenal Player on Arsenal.com

Adrian Clarke make s a fair and non hysterical assessment of where we went wrong. Nothing I haven’t mentioned either :

1) We had systemic issues defending set pieces (and overall defending TBH) beyond just Mustafi. For the third goal, Mustafi should have stayed with his man but Torreira was left to win the first ball. This should not have been.

2) Highline. Constantly, we were out of sync with our own offside trap. Jenkinson played everyone on for first goal. Leads to question should we have risked the finesse of the highline with the personnel we had on hand.

3) Awarness – aside from Mustafi, Mavropanos also missed a number of players on the break leading to a fortunate double save from Leno.

4) Further up the pitch, we were too static. With discipline Palace lines, we needed movement off ball but Ozil, Auba and Laca were waiting for the ball and the wide players did not receive enough supporting runs to empty spaces by the corner of the penalty box. Between Elneny and Guendouzi, neither were able to find the right time to pick runs into space ahead of them as Ramsey does so well.

5) Bc again of limitation of personnel, Kolasinac was the main outlet from left with over 60% of the attack coming from that flank. NO surprise Jenkinson provided next to nothing. AMN came on to make a massive impact but so too Iwobi who prosecuted his attack from both flanks.

6) If anything as I mentioned many times, Iwobi makes a massive difference as one of one player in the squad who can engage and beat a player or two with either power, pace or skill on the ball (even if his finishing was less accomplished)

7) Unai switch to the back 4 to provide more support for the wingbacks to great effect following the break but we did not punish them enough to gain psychological advantage and of course there was consequence to our back line.

8) Plenty of crosses from wide players but not sufficient end product, both our strikers not the Giroud type that can profit from that sort of play. With lines restricted and route one option not available, the only other solution is to pull apart defenses but as mentioned, we only have Iwobi in the squad able to do this.

As mentioned beyond the Mustafi error, there are other more critical issues we need to address or we will still have similar results without the German (as happened against BHA, Soton away, Liverpool, United and West Ham in a spell either side of December)

We need to rectify issues fast.

Gana
Gana

Wow! If only Emery was reading this.

You try to defend Mustafi and pushing Mavropanos and Jenkinson under the bus.

One is a very young CB who hardly played this season due to injury, and the other is a backup full-back whose days are numbered at the club.
Neither of them did anything in the Palace to write home about, but this is expected, and many might say their mistakes/shortcomings are livable.

Mustafi on the other hand is a 35 Million defender who was brought in to shore up a leaky defense, and he is losing us points. And yes, he had some good games here and there, but we all know, and have seem he is extremely error prone and his decision making is poor.

The same reason Ozil gets called out more frequently than others is because he is expected to deliver in every game. You don’t expect that from someone like Emile Smith Rowe for instance.
Hope that helps.

Kwame Ampadu Down
Kwame Ampadu Down

The very definition of irony : santori slating others consistently for seeing just what they want to see in games rather than what actually happened …and then EVERY game the same santori gives us an analysis of the game which is exactly just what he wanted to see and not what actually happened.

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

I always thought the definition of irony would be if Margaret Thatcher had anemia.

Tribe
Tribe

No man. He doesnt defend Mavropanos and Mustafi. He adresses other big issues that should not be covered up. This team’s problems are not inherently Mustafi’s or else’s. We have to sell him I agree but there are many other aspects that need to be worked on. Santori’s post is simple as that.

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

You wrote all that to indirectly attempt to prove your point that Mustafi is not shit. You are a bellend. You must be that guy who is trying to prove Mustafi is better than Van Dijk. Mustafi makes mistakes over and over again. And there not lapses or inconsistency its simply because he is shit. We are poor all round defensively but when he plays he just exacerbates every flaw we have. He is gas to fire. And all his mistakes are things you never see from professionals. His catalogue of errors are all unforgettable memes.

djourou's nutmeg
djourou's nutmeg

show me a clip from this season where iwobi succesfully dribbles past an opponent and doesn’t give the ball away instantly afterwards. there must be around 5, if.

CJay
CJay

no one:

santori: here’s my 2500-word recap and assessment of the match.

Laca-Sead
Laca-Sead

Emery is proving to be insightful, at key moments in the season he changed the narrative.
“competitiveness” is the marching order for his troops to gather and conquer the business end of the season. COYG 3rd place and Europa League. Let’s celebrate st Totterigham’s once again and feel a real trophy in our hands!!

santori
santori

Absolutely.

Just win.

Don’t need any fancy complicated moves, over elaboration up front, get the ball into their net but whatever means even clumsy bundling over the line stuff.

Rack up the lead and ensure the other side does not have psychological impetus to come at our knacked defense.

This is the control Unai wants not the 70% sterile possession.

We need goals.

Man Manny
Man Manny

We need to channel our inner Welbeck.

Matt
Matt

Guess recognising the picture makes me old these days.

Gana
Gana

Reference, please?

roof_attack
roof_attack

the best picture this site has ever done!

Hantal
Hantal

True, but it like us to at least try

BuckNasty
BuckNasty

Shots fired…he’s clearly telling the players they weren’t competitive enough.

Nosferatu
Nosferatu

Yeah, and a good reminder that sometimes playing hard, hustling, grinding, will get you goals when trying to play pretty and such won’t–case in point, Auba’s goal against Watford being the only one we could get. At this point in the season, you take ’em however you can get ’em.

Gordy
Gordy

No Ozil then.

Hantal
Hantal

Not sure there’s much choice

Santori
Santori

Didn’t notice Sokratis is already back from ban. That’s good news at least.

Hopefully Koscielny is also fit to pair with Sokratis. The two are the most experienced heads and only ones who seem to be able to hold in a back 4.

Mustafi was OK in back 3 but put into a back 4 he is all over the place.

Mavro is a bit inexperienced IMO to risk.

If we should go to back 3 then Monreal should factor in for more experience.

Otherwise without Koscielny it s a real toss up back there. Sokratis and Monreal for sure. Mustafi if he put his head back on (the right way) otherwise Mavro but risky on account of inexperience as well.