Arsenal boss Unai Emery admits pressure is on vs West Ham after Man City, Chelsea losses | Football | Sport


Arsenal entered a new era this summer as Arsene Wenger stepped down and Emery was appointed as his replacement.

They came through a promising pre-season schedule during which five fresh faces rocked up at the Emirates.

Arsenal have endured a nightmare start to the new Premier League campaign though, going down 2-0 and 3-2 to City and Chelsea respectively.

Emery has come in for flak for his front-footed approach to those games against two of the top flight’s strongest teams.

And the Spaniard admits the pressure is on to get three points on the board when Arsenal take on West Ham on Saturday.

“After the first two matches, we have two defeats and we need to win this match against West Ham,” said Emery.

“The difficulty is in this game because West Ham are a good team with good players and a good coach. 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.”

Arsenal’s performance against Chelsea represented a marked improvement on the showing at home to City.

And Alex Iwobi’s goal came at the end of a flowing move made up of 19 undisrupted passes.

Emery says he is happy for Arsenal to abandon a considered approach if it means scoring though.

“We want to go forward and score,” Emery added.

“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.”

Like Arsenal, West Ham have failed to pick up a point from showdowns with Liverpool and Bournemouth.

Emery is expecting a different tactical test against the Hammers to the ones posed by City and Chelsea.

“My idea is first control, but the opposition want the same,” said Emery, when asked about potentially changing his style of play.

“This control is to not let the opposition play. For example in the two first matches, we didn’t have the control.

“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.”

Arsenal have adopted a 4-2-3-1 formation in their opening Premier League games.

But Emery says his team have the capacity to switch things up, adding: “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.”

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