Unai Emery has admitted that Arsenal did indeed “lack control” during the first two games of the season.
However, Unai Emery has backed the team to end their winless run against West Ham this Saturday.
Unai Emery’s side have suffered consecutive defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea and currently sit 17th in the Premier League table.
It is the first time Arsenal have lost their opening two games of a season since 1992.
The former Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain boss has challenged his players to gain more control in the upcoming fixture against West Ham. He claims that “3 points are a must.”
”My idea is control, control in the game. But the opposition want the same thing.”
“I know we need intensity in every moment in the games. This control is to not let the opposition do their work, their play.”
The Spaniard went on to state: “For me, we didn’t have the control in our first two matches. Saturday is another match, tactically it is different. I want to have more control to find the win in this match.”
He has faced multiple criticisms for his perceived style of play (playing out from the back) but the Spaniard insists he is happy for his team to adopt a variety of tactics. This suggests that Emery would be willing to change tactics during a game depending on the situation.
Clearly his main style of play is playing out from the back and Emery wants the defence to be able to play this style. If the back line isn’t able to do so then the whole tactic is thrown out the window. This is why it’s key to give Emery the time he needs in order to drill this style into the team, especially the defence.
Ultimately Emery wants his team to gain the control of the game and dominate in possession. Arsenal’s upcoming fixture against West Ham could potentially see Emery’s style of play in full swing.
Due to the fact that Arsenal are currently winless…their season starts this Saturday in a must win game against the Hammers.