Unai Emery says that he’s aware he’s under pressure, and that results need to improve, but also that he feels supported by the club during this run of atrocious form.
Arsenal were fortunate to take anything from today’s 2-2 draw with Southampton, and if the scoreline added some kind of gloss to what was a terrible day, the performance was that of a team and a coach which has lost in way.
Alexandre Lacazette didn’t celebrate his late equaliser, and a point rescued in injury time isn’t anywhere near enough to convince anyone he should stay any longer, but afterwards the Spaniard sounded like a man who will keep going as long as he’s allowed.
“My job is to analyse, to try to move on with confidence with the players,” he said.
“It’s difficult but we need to move on in the next days. After analysing that match are going to play at home again on Thursday, prepare as well as possible.
“We know, and I know, that we need to connect with our supporters.
“The club are supporting me every day and also I have a responsibility. I know I can do better, I can take more performances with the players and I’m going to try to do that.”
Asked if he was concerned about the atmosphere, which saw a stadium with thousands of empty seats at the final whistle boo the team off, Emery again suggested his job was to connect with the fans.
“I understand the supporters,” he continued.
“They are now frustrated, disappointed and angry. The players feel the same. My job is to work, analyse and find a solution for how we can improve.
“I know the key is here to take confidence, to achieve the points, the good performances at home and then to take that away.
“The key is here with our supporters. I know that and the players also know that. Our target was to win this evening but above all, to connect.
“We didn’t do that. We lost a very big opportunity and now we will analyse and work on a solution for the next matches.”
There’s a pretty good solution we can think of, but it remains to be seen if the club will do what they should have done weeks ago.