Emery responds to Arsenal fans wanting him sacked

Date published: Saturday 23rd November 2019 6:57 - Finley Crebolder

Unai Emery

Unai Emery says he understands why fans are angry and frustrated at him following Arsenal 2-2 draw to Southampton.

Emery was under pressure from fans before the match and things got even worse for the Spaniard when James Ward-Prowse put Southampton 2-1 up with 20 minutes left after Alexandre Lacazette had equalised for Arsenal.

The French striker salvaged a point for the home side when he scored his second of the game in the 96th minute, but boos rang around the Emirates at full time nonetheless.

“We are disappointed, we are frustrated and I understand the supporters,” Emery said after the match.

“We did deserve more today. We lost a very good opportunity to connect with our supporters, they helped us but really we know here (at home) is the key.

“The first half, we were drawing but how we were playing wasn’t enough. We started the second-half better, we changed and I think it was the best 20 minutes of the whole season.

“We drew in the last minute but that’s not enough. Really, we and the fans can be disappointed and angry because of the result.”

Such is the unpopularity of Emery among the fans that their team’s last gasp goal was barely celebrated, and the manager says he understands their feelings.

“I understand. I understand the frustration and the anger,” he told the BBC.

“It is normal after Southampton and after the last matches, and all I can say to them is we are going to find a solution.

“The player’s attitudes are good and we are going to work maybe more harder to achieve the best performances in the next matches.

“The supporters can be angry and frustrated with us, but we are to work and improve to change our situation.

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