Unai Emery says he thinks his team are improving defensively, and that the recent clean sheets in the Europa League and Carabao Cups have been ‘important’.
In the Premier League though, the Gunners have conceded in six of their seven matches, only managing a shut-out on the opening day in the 1-0 win over Newcastle.
However, the Arsenal boss believes he can see green shoots, and also insists that he sees his side’s primary focus as an attacking team.
“I think we are progressively getting better and in the last few matches we had some important clean sheets,” he said.
“In the last match against Manchester United we conceded only one goal, and I think we are improving.
“I want us to be a competitive team defensively and offensively, but above all, the first characteristic for us is to be offensive, to have the ball and control the matches.
“But it’s about balance and we also need to be strong defensively. Defensively we want to keep more of the ball and be further away from our goal and pushing them.”
As for his personnel, he has been boosted by the returns of Rob Holding, Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin, and insists he’s happy with the business we did in the transfer market this summer from a defensive perspective.
“We signed David Luiz, an experienced player in the Premier League, and we have also an experienced player in Sokratis,” he continued.
“Calum Chambers came back to us after his season with Fulham, and we also had Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin to come back from their injuries. We also signed Kieran Tierney.
“We did all we can and I’m very happy with them. We now have more possibilities and I think as a team we are more competitive with more players and more options.
“We are going to play a lot of matches and defensively now we have the players we wanted in the summer.”