Unai Emery EXCLUSIVE: Arsenal manager explains reasons to be ‘optimistic’ despite 3-1 defeat at Liverpool

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Unai Emery EXCLUSIVE: Arsenal manager explains reasons to be ‘optimistic’ despite 3-1 defeat at Liverpool

Unai Emery has stressed that there are positives to take from his side’s 3-1 defeat at Liverpool on Saturday.

The Arsenal manager watched on as the hosts ran rampant for a period when they built a 3-0 lead at Anfield, with Lucas Torreira’s late goal a mere consolation

Unai Emery was impressed with his team’s character, despite defeat

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Unai Emery was impressed with his team’s character, despite defeat

Asked for his assessment of the game, Emery told talkSPORT’s Graham Beecroft: “The first half we were defending very deep, but also I think we were doing well and taking some positive transitions to make chances.

“We had that and their goal [is from] one corner – that result is not good in the first half.

“In the second half I think the key is the penalty, very soft penalty.

“And after 2-0 it’s difficult, but I think our reaction and our show of character was good.

“I think we did not enough for a result.”

Mohamed Salah scored twice after Joel Matip headed Liverpool in front

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Mohamed Salah scored twice after Joel Matip headed Liverpool in front

In recent years, Arsenal have capitulated at Liverpool when faced with adversity, though this did not happen on Saturday as they reduced their deficit and got away with a far from embarrassing 3-1 scoreline.

The Spaniard concluded: “The second half I think it changed the match with that penalty.


“We keep the ball better in the second half with our players, but it’s because they played more deep after their third goal.

“Mainly for me, most important today is what we showed, our reaction.

“We can reduce distance with the tactical performance and really we can be optimistic for continuing our way.”


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Published at Sat, 24 Aug 2019 21:40:33 +0000

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