Unai Emery explains how he wants Arsenal to improve defensively

Date published: Friday 20th September 2019 6:20

Arsenal boss Unai Emery has said that it is not only up to his side’s back four to ensure the club improve defensively, instead insisting that the rest of his team must help out at the back.

The Gunners have looked shaky at the back on numerous occasions this season, such as in the 3-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield last month and when they blew a two-goal lead against Watford.

Speaking to reporters at a press conference ahead of his side’s Premier League clash with Aston Villa on Sunday, Emery explained how his side can put a stop to such incidents at the back.

“Two things. First, we need to be competitive and we need to improve defensively, but it’s not all down to the defensive players, the goalkeeper, the midfield – it’s for all the team,” the Spaniard said.

“Secondly, sometimes we are defending deep, more deep than we want to. Our block is more deep than we want usually. We don’t want to defend in that situation, too deep, many times. A lot of shots? They are shots. It’s not that important. They’re not a danger for us, really.

“We need to improve. We also need, as a team, to be more compact. We need to start our pressing a little more ahead. We could do that work better and, on Sunday at home against Aston Villa, we are going to try to do better.”

In other Arsenal news, former Gunners midfielder Robert Pires has revealed that he would be interested in working with the club’s current first-team squad.


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