Emery: Offensive focus bringing defensive improvement

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Unai Emery David Luiz

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.”

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Okechukwu Jude
Okechukwu Jude
5 months ago

Nice. #emeryout

Bamzee Blaze
Bamzee Blaze
5 months ago
Reply to  Okechukwu Jude

Seconded.#Emeryout

Danny
Danny
5 months ago
Reply to  Bamzee Blaze

Fans ?

Red-Sky
Red-Sky
5 months ago
Reply to  Danny

☢️ ☠️

Martin Elliott
Martin Elliott
5 months ago

No shit Sherlock! All you have to do is pick the right players!

Domobi
Domobi
5 months ago
Reply to  Martin Elliott

Emery doesn’t even understand his. He keeps setting up an attacking team to play defensive. Use the right personnel and the team’s cup form will return automatically. Play either of Luiz or Sokratis with either of Holding or Chambers. Play Torreira as a defensive player.

Rich
Rich
5 months ago
Reply to  Domobi

So Emery doesn’t understand football tactics? But you do? Remind me what you do for a living?….. Holding has been coming back from a big injury, as have Bellerin + Tierney, we are essentially missing 3/4 of our first choice back 4. Once Holding has been eased back from injury, and given minutes in the cup to get up to speed, I’m sure he’ll be given opportunities in the league But playing players coming back off long term injuries twice in 3 days, is playing with fire….. Playing 3 central midfielders away from home, isn’t the drama people are making… Read more »

Dave M
Dave M
5 months ago
Reply to  Rich

I think Emery is a decent manager, but his infatuation with Granny Xhaka is going to be his un-doing. There is a time and a place for Xhaka (Europa games, and games against teams that really try to play possession football – probably a decent decision today), but he is completely unsuited to playing in a fast, free-flowing game of EPL football and he forces our whole team to play away from our strengths when he is out there and forces others to cover his weaknesses too. Emery’s obsession with this guy will be his failure unless he finally wakes… Read more »

networth
networth
5 months ago
Reply to  Dave M

He is the Swiss captain, ranks better than fenandinho, in world rankings. Currently worth 65m, the best no.6. He reads the game and has a tough battling mentality.

Ska
Ska
5 months ago

the first characteristic for us is to be offensive, to have the ball and control the matches…
How can you trust a guy that says stuff like that and then sets his team up the way he does? The gigantic difference between what he says he wants to do and what he does has been the most consistent characteristic of his tenure, which, no matter what you think of the guy, is pretty scary.

Goonerink
5 months ago
Reply to  Ska

maybe someone pranked him when teaching him english?

networth
networth
5 months ago
Reply to  Ska

We are 3rd, only lost to Liverpool and 1 point behind the champions. Obviously you are a Spurs fan. Leave Emery alone.

GoonerJust
GoonerJust
5 months ago

Let’s see what’s gonna happen in the Burnemouth match!

Ya gooner
Ya gooner
5 months ago

If we have more of the ball we will concede less shots. We need midfielders who are technical enough to make space for themselves and smart enough to know when to recycle possession. We also need to cut out our silly errors from passing it to our players who are under pressure from the opposition.

Daulat
Daulat
5 months ago
Reply to  Ya gooner

Yeah, like Xhaka does, always playing the ball to the players under pressure and eventually resulting in possession loss. Emery insistence with Xhaka is hurting Arsenal in the midfield, defense as well as offense. I don’t know what he sees in him.

Twatsloch
Twatsloch
5 months ago

Our defence is bad.

Goonsquad
Goonsquad
5 months ago
Reply to  Twatsloch

Fortunately it’s about to get a serious upgrade. Then we can get back to kicking some arse.

Twatsloch
Twatsloch
5 months ago
Reply to  Goonsquad

I hope so.

Dr.GunnerPak
Dr.GunnerPak
5 months ago

He makes no sense, is completely out of his depth and has no idea what he’s doing.
Better managers would get more out of such a decent group of players, regardless of what you’d want to say about that back 4. We are dysfunctional in attack and in complete shambles defensively. #EmeryOut

networth
networth
5 months ago
Reply to  Dr.GunnerPak

Are you talking about Arsenal? Or man u and Tottenham. Arsenal are 3rd, being European champions and EPL champions!!!

Red-Sky
Red-Sky
5 months ago

Why haven’t you guys at arseblog published this on your site:

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/arsenal-mesut-ozil-per-mertesacker-unai-emery-illness-a9106101.html

This practicaly settles the whole debate on Ozil.
Strange.

Red-Sky
Red-Sky
5 months ago
Reply to  Red-Sky

“Unai is fair to everyone. You need to deliver a certain fitness level – then you are available to play”
“Unai tries to get through to him. He talks to him. He says: ‘You need to train to a certain level every day – I need you to be fit – otherwise you are not going to play.’

Blimey, turns out Emery is a nice guy.

Rich
Rich
5 months ago
Reply to  Red-Sky

You’d think Emery had ordered Ozil to be paraded through the streets naked, whilst being whipped by Jose Mourinho the way some fans react.

Ozil is finished at the top level, hopefully we can ship him out permanently in January to the States

Goonerink
5 months ago
Reply to  Red-Sky

the article claims ozil is sick, but nowhere does per confirm that.
stuggling with fitness and being ill arent mutually exclusive.
could be too much fortnite/doughnuts/NoS for all we know.

Richie
5 months ago
Reply to  Red-Sky

That article is three weeks old, published before the Watford game.

Red-Sky
Red-Sky
5 months ago
Reply to  Richie

and?

Mekus
Mekus
5 months ago
Reply to  Red-Sky

Because the actual truth need to stay out of public scrutiny while some is to keep scape goating Unai. No wonder a certain Deeney talked about “Mojo” sometimes ago. While asking him who’s got the mojo now, I will still tell Ozil that we love and respect him but it’s time to “man up” to reclaim his position. The time of it being a “right” under Wenger is long gone and like Mert rightly pointed out in this thread, Emery requires a certain fitness level for you to play in his team and so it’s nothing personal like some Ozil… Read more »

Alex
Alex
5 months ago
Reply to  Mekus

He has always been very good when played this season…

Millar
Millar
5 months ago
Reply to  Red-Sky

This was 3 weeks ago

Alex
Alex
5 months ago
Reply to  Red-Sky

Last season. United – Arsenal. Last dub: Suarez enters. Özil on the bench. Now we know Suarez has never been more than 50% fit.

Ska
Ska
5 months ago
Reply to  Alex

Classic Emery double speak. I don’t trust a word coming out of his mouth.

Red-Sky
Red-Sky
5 months ago
Reply to  Alex

Oh, you should not use Suarez. A player called Emery’s pet. Yet Emery played him exactly 59 minutes in overall. Yeah, he deemed him not fit, and so without hesitation he benched his signing, for the good of the club.

AussieGooner
AussieGooner
5 months ago

I don’t believe it! Who is this guy? What are his credentials? I’ve been an Arsenal fan since 2013, which is a long time to support a club, much longer than this so called manager has been here. Why does nobody ask me how to best set-up our team? I’ve watched lots of our games on my Mum’s TV, I have three different shirts – even a retro one from Ozil’s first season. I think I can say I am an expert on Arsenal. Who is this guy? #emeryout. Wenger was much better in my opinion, there was a man… Read more »

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL
5 months ago
Reply to  AussieGooner

Is that a slight hint of sarcasm..

Rich
Rich
5 months ago
Reply to  AussieGooner

Brilliant

A P
A P
5 months ago
Reply to  AussieGooner

Alright, you can get your head out of Emery’s arse now.

Mekus
Mekus
5 months ago
Reply to  AussieGooner

You claim to be an Arsenal fan but rather sounded much like a fanatical Ozil fan. If you so desire to, you can leave with him when he eventually moves on.. Emery will go if/when he clearly fails to deliver. Until then, let’s support the club ARSENAL above individual players. Unless of course you’re just being sarcastic in your post?

Duno
Duno
5 months ago
Reply to  Mekus

Mekus nwanne
The point>>>>>>>
You<<<<<<<<<<<

Mekus
Mekus
5 months ago
Reply to  Duno

Duno Nwoke oma, it is to be tagged ‘Reverse Analogy”.
If you know, you know.
Kaa nka.

Mekus
Mekus
5 months ago
Reply to  Duno

One can hardly distinct clearly if AussieGooner was being sarcastic or real in this case, anyways. So it’s neither here nor there. I don’t mind thumb downs now and then, so long we keep winning.

Millar
Millar
5 months ago
Reply to  Mekus

Satire

networth
networth
5 months ago
Reply to  AussieGooner

When spurs fans come here, they don’t understand what they are saying. Arsenal is 3rd, only lost one game. Man city has lost 2. Leave Emery alone, We don’t change managers like Chelsea or man u, we are arsenal.

Goonerink
5 months ago

in the last match vs manchester united we conceeded only one goal, and that was vs a team with no recognised senior strikers available, just imagine what we can achieve vs a team with at least one!……………………

Bodie CI5
Bodie CI5
5 months ago
Reply to  Goonerink

Yer I look back at the game v Watford and we nearly lost but managed a draw, then see man city put 8 past them and thought fu*k how many would they put past us???

A P
A P
5 months ago

Is the offensive focus relying on Auba to score?

networth
networth
5 months ago
Reply to  A P

If messi scores 50 that’s brilliant, if auba scores 30, arsenal is relying on him. We sold Giroud because we could not rely on him for goals. So we need to bring him back and sell auba…ArseSpurs fans you are funny!

xjert02
xjert02
5 months ago

I think, he is just kidding and battling (as me) with his English (sorry about that) 😉 . Otherwise, I can’t get it. Or UE must be talking about some other team. 🙂 Before today’s match against Bournemouth, we concede 18 shots against per game. The most from the EPL. In general, our defensive stats are the worse ones in EPL (e.g. lots of dispossession together with 2nd most action zone percentage in own third are the cause of those 18 shots against per game and big chances allowed). Luckily for us, Bern Leno is in the good shape this… Read more »

Bodie CI5
Bodie CI5
5 months ago

OMG, does he not realize that the team keeping clean sheets are not playing in the prem games??? Maybe if they did play we would keep clean sheets in the prem to