Unai Emery says his Arsenal side has found itself sitting too deep in recent matches and admits a collective effort must be made to improve defensively.
The Gunners have allowed Watford and Eintracht Frankfurt to take 55 shot on goal inside 180 minutes and while we’ve not lost either game, it’s a situation that is concerning the boss, even if he thinks some of those efforts weren’t exactly dangerous.
Facing the Sky Sports cameras after the 3-0 win in Germany and ahead of Sunday’s showdown with Aston Villa at the Emirates, Emery said: “We need to be more competitive and also we need to improve defensively.
“It’s not also [just] for the defensive players or the goalkeeper, it’s for all the team. We need to be more compact.
“Secondly, sometimes we are defending deep, more deep than we want. A lot of shots they are not important, not dangerous for us, but we don’t want to defend those situations deep a lot of times.
“We need to improve, we need as a team to be more compact and start our pressing a little more ahead, not let the opposition get to our box quickly.
“Yesterday [against Frankfurt], we could do that work better. On Sunday, at home against Aston Villa we are going to try to do better.”
Here’s hoping. 🤞