Unai Emery says Arsenal should have taken confidence from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal but instead failed to impose their gameplan as they stumbled to a 1-1 draw against Wolves at the Emirates.
While a point sees the Gunners linger like a bad smell in fifth place, another lacklustre performance in front of a disgruntled crowd leaves serious question marks over the Spaniard’s future at the club.
“It’s not a good result,” Emery told the BBC. “We tried. We couldn’t impose our game plan over 90 minutes.
“When we started 1-0, I think it was a very good moment to take confidence and try to score the second goal. Really, we didn’t concede a lot of chances, very clear chances.
“The match, for me, was equal for two teams, if you don’t score the second goal you are in the position where they can score with one action. They did that.
“After our reaction is good, more pushing, more chances and opportunities to score. In the end, a draw is not good for us.”
Having taken also lost leads against Crystal Palace last Sunday and against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup, Arsenal are in desperate need of a win.
“Today is different, it’s a different match,” answered Emery when pressed on the results of the last seven days.
“Also, we can say that Wolves were strong defensively. We started winning but we didn’t use that advantage to achieve the three points.”
In his post-game press conference, Emery was also questioned about the frustration of the crowd who booed the result at the full-time whistle.
“I am frustrated with the result and also because we lost two very good opportunities at home against two teams who we didn’t win against last season either,” he said. “But I think the players tried and worked.
“They did all we spoke about before the game but we lost a very good opportunity after we went 1-0 up.”
Arsenal now turn their attention to Wednesday’s Europa League tie against Vitoria in Portugal before an intimidating game away at high-flying Leicester.
“We are going to think now about the Europa League, we are going to separate that competition because we are well in that competition,” said Emery, “then another chance against Leicester on Saturday.”
At this point, you have to wonder whether he’ll still be around to take charge at the King Power.