Having stated a couple of weeks ago that he had made Arsenal better defensively, Unai Emery admits there’s still room for improvement ahead of Saturday’s crunch Premier League encounter with Leicester.
Defeat would leave the Gunners nine points behind Brendan Rodgers’s side, and would put the Spaniard under even more pressure.
Having taken just two points from the last nine available, and been out-shot 25-10 by Wolves in our last league game, it was put to Emery that there were still things to work on from a defensive point of view.
“I think at home we are faring well but not with the performance as we will do for the next matches,” he said.
“Those two results, two draws, weren’t the best results also. Last year, those two teams also gave us a lot of problems at home and we took only one point against those two teams.
“But I was speaking with the players this week about how is our next step to improve. And it’s clear, there are two ways: play better with the ball, play with more confidence with our style, and take more responsibility on the pitch.
“My responsibility is the first but also I give them because they are on the pitch to take that responsibility to play better.
“And then is for our defensive structure to be strong and get better defensively is our first challenge tomorrow.
“Last year, we were looking for that improvement during the season and we achieved it in a lot of moments – and I know now we can do better and we will do better.”
Emery was also keen to try and find the positives in what has been a disappointing run of form since the last international break.
“We are drawing the last matches, we can see those matches negatively because we didn’t win or positively because we didn’t lose,” he continued.
“We are in the balance, but we when you are a team like Arsenal we need to win more than draw or lose.”