Unai Emery reacts to Arsenal’s 2-0 loss to Man City

Unai Emery insists that he was encouraged by Arsenal's display in their 2-0 loss to Man City on Sunday

Unai Emery
New Arsenal head coach Unai Emery Photo: Screengrab

Unai Emery has insisted that he was encouraged by his Arsenal side’s performance despite their disappointing 2-0 loss to Manchester City on Sunday.

The Gunners slumped to a defeat in their first Premier League game under their new manager as goals from Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva wrapped up the three points for Pep Guardiola’s men.

Emery has been tasked with restoring Arsenal to the top of English football after they finished in sixth place and without a trophy in Arsene Wenger’s final campaign in charge last term.

However, Manchester City claimed all three points on Sunday as Guardiola’s side kicked off their title defence with a commanding victory at The Emirates.

But despite the result, Emery insisted that he was happy with what he saw from his side and says there is plenty of promise as he looks to enjoy a successful first campaign with the north London club.

Speaking at his post-match news conference on Sunday, Emery said: “Today, Manchester City demanded our best performance.

“Today we watched and we need to continue working. I am happy with the players because they ran and they fought.

“We need to continue working tactically and defensively, and doing more to shorten the differences today between Manchester City and us.”

Arsenal will now take the week to prepare for their crunch clash against Chelsea FC at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

The Blues kicked off their Premier League campaign with a 3-0 win at Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

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