Following another disappointing result, Unai Emery says that he accepts criticism, but again suggested that fans and the board need to be patient because of the number of young players in the team, and some ‘circumstances’ which have been difficult to deal with.
The Gunners went down 2-0 to second half goals by Jamie Vardy and James Maddison, and now sit 8 points off the top four and with a negative goal difference.
It’s ramped up pressure on the head coach, but he sought to talk about the youthful squad rather than his own work after a fixture which leaves us with just two wins from our last ten Premier League games.
Asked about suggestions Arsenal need a new manager, he said, “My message to everyone at Arsenal would be to stay calm because we can improve.
“I am speaking with the club to stay calm and to stay patient to improve and recover some confidence with some circumstances.
“We have young players who are improving and growing up with us. We are receiving criticism but I know that’s my job.
“I’ve had lots of moments like that but I’ve recovered by working to get confidence, being together with the club and players.”
And whether that criticism is merited, he said, “I accept it all. I accept the applause and I accept it when they criticise us.
“I know when we win, they are going to be happy and when we lose, they are going to be sad. It’s normal.
“We need to stay calm and also to keep improving things. Today we got one step ahead by being together and being strong defensively, but we lost because we were playing a very strong team in a good moment.
“We’ve had some negative circumstances at the beginning of the season. The last month or so, I think the team have had those negative circumstances and it’s not given us that emotional balance.
“The players, the club and me are speaking and we know we need some passion and we need to recover our confidence.
“I spoke with the players and the club in that moment and we need to be patient with some young players, with some circumstances, and we have time and the matches to recover that.
“I am sure we are going to do that.”
Worryingly, these comments, coming after his Sky Sports interview from earlier in which he said he didn’t feel pressure, sound very much like a man who has been given reassurances over his job – why else would he sound so self-assured after presiding over another dismal result?