- Arsenal lost 2-0 against Leicester City on Saturday night amid a bad run of form
- There have been calls for Unai Emery to be dismissed by the north London side
- But the Spaniard insisted he was the right man to turn their season around
Unai Emery has insisted that he can turn Arsenal’s season around if he given time
Emery could only watch as his side lost 2-0 against Leicester City on Saturday night
Emery spoke about the fact Arsenal had had to deal with negative situations this season
Unai Emery insisted that he can turn Arsenal’s season around if he given time, with the club now 14 points off the top of the table and with one win in seven games in all competitions.
With Max Allegri and Ralf Rangnick likely candidates should Arsenal chose to make a change, Emery, who has been assured of his position, Emery maintained that critics should hold fire until the end of the season and that his team still had plenty of time to turn around the eight-point gap to the top four.
Told that a body of fans are now calling for his dismissal, Emery said: ‘I am speaking with the club to stay calm and to stay, patient to improve and recover some confidence with some circumstances.
‘We have young players who are improving and growing up with us. I know, we are losing.
‘We are receiving criticism but I know that’s my job. I’ve had lots of moments like that but I’ve recovered by working to get confidence, being together with the club and players.
‘I accept it all. I accept the applause and I accept it when they criticise us. I know when we win, they are going to be happy and when we lose, they are going to be sad. It’s normal.
‘We need to stay calm and also to keep improving things. Today we got one step ahead by being together and being strong defensively. But we lost because we were playing a very strong team in a good moment.’
Emery alluded to the turmoil the club has suffered at the start of the season, with the emotional turmoil suffered following the attempted car-jacking of Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac and the furore surrounding the booing of skipper Granit Xhaka, his angry reaction and subsequent exclusion from the squad.
‘We’ve had some negative circumstances at the beginning of the season,’ he said. ‘The last month or so, I think the team have had those negative circumstances and it’s not given us that emotional balance.
‘The players, the club and me are speaking and we know we need some passion and we need to recover our confidence. I spoke with the players and the club and we need to be patient with some young players, with some circumstances.
‘We have time and the matches to recover that. I am sure we are going to do that.
‘It’s been a very equal competition with a lot of teams. Now we are behind Chelsea and Leicester with nine points difference. It’s a good point for them but the competition is 38 matches and we have time to achieve and recover that difference.’