Unai Emery has acknowledged that recent results have not been up to par, but says that fans need to be patient with the team as they try and cope with what he says are difficult circumstances.
Citing the unexpected summer departure of Laurent Koscielny, the attack on Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac, and the issue with Granit Xhaka which saw him stripped of the captaincy, the Arsenal boss says he’s taking a ‘realistic’ view of his side’s current performance.
The Gunners go to Leicester on Saturday evening having won just two of their last nine Premier League games, but Emery says he’s not unhappy with what has been produced because of all the other issues.
“I’m not really disappointed with our work,” he said.
“I am being realistic because some circumstances did not help us to achieve best emotional balance because with that, comes best performance.
“First we are speaking about the captain’s circumstances. If Laurent Koscielny was still here, the captain would be Koscielny and that would give us no problem.
“Then also some circumstances with some players … with Sead Kolasinac and with Mesut Ozil … then also circumstances that didn’t help us with Xhaka.
“I think the supporters have seen that their team needs more to improve to achieve the best results.
“I can and I want to say to them, they must have patience and in some circumstances they did not help us, but we are trying to achieve the best emotional balance with the players.
“Saturday is a very good opportunity, a very difficult match, we know, we are going to prepare and we want to be one step ahead.
“We want to show our best performance and I am optimistic, but I also know that we need to be 100 per cent efficient.”
Arsenal could find themselves nine points off the top four if the result doesn’t go our way at the King Power on Saturday evening. There will be little patience on display if the manager can’t elicit a performance from his team for such an important fixture.