Unai Emery Admits He Can ‘Do Better’ as Fans Call for Manager’s Head After Southampton Shambles

​Arsenal manager Unai Emery has insisted that he can ‘do better’ following his side’s hugely disappointing draw against Southampton on Saturday.

The north London were booed off the field at full time after they required a 96th-minute equaliser from Alexandre Lacazette to rescue a point against the Saints. The draw extended the side’s winless run to six games, while they have only managed to secure two victories in their last 11 Premier League outings.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang,Alexandre Lacazette

The away side took the lead in only the eighth minute, Danny Ings catching the home defence asleep to latch onto a quick pass from a free kick before firing home. Lacazette levelled ten minutes later, but James Ward-Prowse restored their lead. Despite his side being second best for the majority of the game, ​Lacazette rescued a point for his side with a last-gasp equaliser.

The Frenchman was so disappointed with the manner of the performance and the result that he merely stood still without celebrating. The latest poor performance only increased the pressure on Emery, but he was quick to acknowledge the areas that he must improve. 

“I know that we need to connect with our supporters,” he said after the game, as quoted by ​BBC.

Unai Emery

“The club are supporting me every day and also I have a responsibility. I know I can do better, I can take more performances with the players and I’m going to try to do that. It’s difficult but we need to move on in the next days.” 

​The Gunners are currently eights points adrift of fourth placed ​Chelsea, while they are also nine points worse off than at the same stage last season (13 games played).

In response to a question regarding Lacazette’s reaction after scoring the late equaliser, Emery added: “Yes, that’s an example of how they [the players] felt. They felt the point was not enough. Our performance, individually and collectively, was about achieving the victory.

Alexandre Lacazette

“I understand the supporters. They are now frustrated, disappointed and angry. The players feel the same.”

The pressure is only increasing on the manager and he will be keen to secure victory in their next outing when they host Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League on Thursday.


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