Emery: Club supporting me every day

 

 

 

Unai Emery insisted he had the backing of the club as his Arsenal side produced another miserable performance and were booed off at the Emirates.

 

The Gunners boss has come under fire from sections of the Arsenal fans of late after a string of poor results and performances – Arsenal have not won in the league since the beginning of October.

 

Asked about his future at the club, Emery said: “The club are supporting me every day. Now my job is to analyse, to try to move on, bring confidence to the players, but it is difficult.”

 

Alexandre Lacazette equalised twice for the home side – the goal which secured the 2-2 draw against Southampton coming in the 96th minute.

 

But the draw was far short of what the home fans wanted. Neither players nor supporters celebrated the rescued point with any sort of enthusiasm.

 

This was another disjointed performance from Emery’s Gunners, lacking any sort of spark and creativity - at least until the introduction of £72m man Nicholas Pepe at half-time.

 

In his post-match press conference, under-fire Spaniard Emery said: “We lost a good chance to connect with our supporters. We want to feel comfortable here (at home) and take confidence from our performances. Today we didn’t do that.

 

“In the first half we were growing but it wasn’t enough. In the second half we started better. In the first 20 minutes of the second half we created chances. We didn’t score but I was happy at that moment.

 

“But then they scored when we were better, and we took some risks after that to draw and (in doing that) conceded chances for them to score the third.

 

“We scored at the end but it is not enough. We can be disappointed, all of us - the fans as well, and me.”

 

Southampton looked like they were heading for their first ever Premier League win over Arsenal in the capital.

 

James Ward-Prowse’s goal gave them a 2-1 lead midway through the second half, and the Saints had numerous chances to wrap up the points before the Gunners’ late, late leveller.

 

The Arsenal boss said his team’s failure to score in the first 25 minutes of the second half – their best period of the game, let them down. He said: “I understand (the supporters’ frustration). They are frustrated and the players feel the same.

 

“Our job is to work, analyse and improve. The key is here (at home) with our supporters. Our target was to win but also to connect with the supporters, and we didn’t do that. Now we have to analyse and improve.

 

“We need to play better, control the game better and do it for 90 minutes. We needed to impose and show we were better. In the first 45 minutes we didn’t do that. We were better in the second half but were rushing and lost confidence.

 

“The supporters helped us and were pushing us and we equalised at the end but it wasn’t enough.”

 

The Gunners are next in action in the Europa League on Thursday night at home against Frankfurt, when they will hope to confirm their place in the competition’s knock-out stages.

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