Premier League week 5
Arsenal had the opportunity to climb to second place tie with Man City with a win at Watford. The first half was great and gave the Gunners a 2-0 lead. The second half looked the opposite where the gunners disappeared and let Watford comeback.
Luckily Arsenal kept and saved a point away because Watford deserved to win the game with over 30 shots during the 90 minutes. Instead of second place, Arsenal sit at the 7th place with 8 points along side four other clubs. After winning their first two Premier League games, Emery’s men have taken only 2 points in the last 3 games.
Coach Emery shares his views post-game:
We can be frustrated after two-nil, usually you can control that result in the second half, more than less. But we were speaking in the dressing room, the second half was going to be also difficult. Because they were usually changing their idea to push more than us.
Our game plan was the same, like at the beginning, to break their pressing. If they decided to do that and if we break that pressing we can connect with our midfielders, with our team’s players and after have space to continue imposing our game plan.
Watford pushed and controlled the match with their pressing, taking confidence and giving us some mistakes and scoring the first goal gave them confidence for continuing that. That moment is when we needed to have calm and again control like in the first half, but we couldn’t do.
We are really frustrated, because second half we couldn’t do that. We couldn’t control the match and we couldn’t break their pressing. First because they are a good team, they played last year here with that spirit, that capacity. And they are physically strong. They have good players and in the second half they showed that.
They deserved that result. We struggled more than we wanted and we were speaking also that we need calm for achieve our moment to get in the box and score. We did that less than we wanted. My summary is we need to work and we need to improve things.