Unai Emery: What pleased me about Arsenal’s 3-2 loss to Chelsea FC

The new Gunners boss has failed to pick up a point since taking over from Arsene Wenger but praised his side's response after a disastrous start at Stamford Bridge

By George Hallam
Arsenal manager Unai Emery Photo: Football.ru / Wikimedia

Unai Emery was pleased with his sides response to going 2-0 down in twenty minutes at Chelsea FC yesterday despite eventually losing 3-2.

Emery has lost his first two games as Arsenal boss, which is the clubs worst start to a league season since 1992.

However, they have faced two of the league’s best teams in a time of rebuilding.

And Emery was pleased that his team showed the guts that they had lacked against Manchester City last weekend.

“Our reaction is good, we had chances to go 2-2 and we deserved to do more at half-time,” Emery said to BBC Sport.

“The half-time is good for us and the second half is we ewe need to continue this control, but I think the second half we don’t push and keep possession like we did in the first half, and in our moments, our chances, we didn’t do, and they did.”

Arsenal were convincingly outplayed by Manchester City but showed signs of promise against Chelsea despite a slow start which saw concede two sloppy early goals.

Arsenal started missing glorious chances in droves and it looked to all that the venomous mood which hung over most of Wenger’s final campaign last year was gathering momentum again.

However, Chelsea failed to learn from their mistakes and after Henrikh Mkhitaryan snuck one inside Kepa Arrizabalaga’s near post, Alex Iwobi restored parity burying a chance similar to those his teammates seemed incapable of scoring just minutes earlier.

Despite Marcos Alonso’s late winner, there was a resurgence in Arsenal that Emery will now try and capture as they welcome fellow winless team, West Ham, to The Emirates next Saturday.

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