Unai Emery in a press conference has expressed fears their next opponent in the English Premier League on Saturday, West Ham could be as deadly as Manchester City and Chelsea.
Unai Emery who was speaking ahead of his next game on Saturday, told the club website Arsenal.com that though they have lost their two opening season games, but his players are gradually adapting to his style and their next game at home to West Ham, will be another opportunity to get their first win of the season.
So far, Arsenal are the only top five or six teams that are yet to register a win this season, after just two games which they lost to fellow title rivals, Manchester City and Chelsea in a row.
Unai Emery while speaking on his injury worries especially that of his captian Kosscielny, he told Arsenal.com that:
“He’s [Koscielny ]working very hard. First, he was in France. He came back to us last Sunday. We are happy to have him here with us, because he’s our captain and he’s showing us his spirit to stay with us. We need to be patient with him because the injury was an important injury. It’s clear that it’s very important to stay with us, working here and showing us that he wants to help us.”
on the possibility of him playing, he said:
“It’s difficult to know. You look at this morning, he’s running, he’s working on the pitch. The progress is very good progress.”
Unai Emery was asked about a range of topics when he sat down with the media on Thursday afternoon ahead of the West Ham United match.”
On his style and how his players can adapt, Unai Emery who will be welcoming former Arenal player Jack Wilshere, he said:
“In our process, we are going 38 matches [in total] against all the teams. Whether you are playing against Manchester City, it’s the same as if you’re playing against West Ham on Saturday. There are three points on this game. It’s clear that every game demands different things tactically. ”
Unai Emery echoed the importance of Saturday’s game after losing two crucial games in a row. He said:
“After the first two matches, we have two defeats and we need to win this match against West Ham. The difficulty is in this game because West Ham are a good team with good players and a good coach. ” He said.
“They know the Premier League very well and they have a lot of new players. We are thinking in our way and about our work to create our ideas and our system on Saturday with our supporters at the Emirates.”
“I think it’s very important to show them a better performance than in the two first matches. We are preparing well, I am feeling well when I look at the players in training every day.”
On Iwobi’s goal against Chelsea last weekend which sums up the way he [Unai Emery] wants his team to play, he said:
“We want to go forward and score. Maybe we can do it directly with one long pass or by progressing with the passes, controlling possession to [help us] win the games. We can find a goal like on Saturday against Chelsea, or with less passes on the pitch. For me what’s important is that all the players know how to [use] the ball in each match and that they use the [ball in] the best moment or the best way to attack against the opponents. Iwobi equalises at Stamford Bridge”
On if he’s happy to change his style based on the opponent, Unai Emery had this to say:
“My idea is first control, but the opposition want the same. With this control, you can be near to win and then know when you need to change the rhythm. I know we need intensity in every moment in the games. This control is to not let the opposition play. For example in the two first matches, we didn’t have the control [enough – only in some moments, but not like what we need to find to win. Saturday is another match, tactically it will be different. It will be demanding and I want to have more control to find the win in this match.”
On his tactics and formation. He said:
“We are working on different situations tactically. In the first we are playing with four at the back, then we have two and one, and one and two. With two and one, it is like a 4-2-3-1 and one, two, is for a 4-1-4-1 or a 4-3-3. We have players who train in this system. The moment on the pitch is different. If we need to improve in this mobility, the quality is very important, but also how the player is moving on the pitch. I think with two systems, we can continue to progress and think about winning the next match.”
On the possibility of playing with two up front on Saturday. Unai Emery said:
“At the moment, no. At the moment, I think we need to have the control with the possession, with the positioning on the pitch, with more players inside. And after this possession, to do the attacking moments and defending moments with this balance. But, it is one possibility to continue in our progress and in one moment to try also to play with two scorers. In the last match of the pre-season, against Lazio, I did it with Lacazette and Nketiah. But also, this position also for the players, they know that in one moment we can do that. But at the moment, no.”
On Aubameyang and his form in training:
“The first is to create chances, situations and attacking moments where the player arrive in the box and with the balance to use the small space the opposition gives us. And then, I am sure they are going to score if we create a lot of chances in the game.
The first idea for us on Saturday is to create these chances and then the players’ confidence for starting to arrive in the box, to score. Maybe the players can not score three good chances in one match and on another day, I am sure they are going to do maybe the same chances in one match and score three. For that, Aubameyang is a player who, in his career, has scored a lot and he is going to do that here also.”
Arsenal fans will be hoping for a win come this weekend, after a horrible start to the new campaign, and will be counting on home advantage.