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Emery: We didn’t deserve to lose


Unai Emery says Arsenal should have had a penalty and didn’t deserve to lose to Sheffield United despite another eyesore of performance away from home, and a 1-0 defeat.

The Gunners dominated possession for long periods and probably should have been awarded a spot kick for a pull on Sokratis’ shirt but unable to find a cutting edge in the final third they paid the price for poor defending as Lys Mousset did the damage from close range on the half-hour mark.

After the game, the Spaniard faced the Sky Sports cameras. Here’s what he had to say.

On the performance…

We can speak about the match in two situations. One is the result and [the other] is how we managed that 90 minutes. I think we didn’t deserve to lose and also I think we conceded a lot of corners in the first half to them and they scored the goal in one action. But it can happen. Above all, it was to improve in not conceding those metres on the pitch and to get very easy to our box for that corner. Another [thing], when we have the opportunity to attack we created more chances than them but didn’t score today. There was a clear chance for Pepe but really we didn’t deserve to lose. We know here, we face a team here who concede less goals in the Premier League than Liverpool, we know it’s going to be difficult when they score first. We tried in the second half because we created three very good chances to score but at the end they defended well also.

On whether he’s disappointed at the way Sheffield United scored…

Yes, he [goalscorer Mousset] was with our keeper and also we had three players free in that space to attack the ball. Really, for example we can speak about two actions that were relevant on the match. They give us the key moment, one is that goal. The other is a corner for us and a very clear penalty [for a shirt pull] on Sokratis]. It’s very clear.

On Saka getting booked in the first half…

It’s an amazing individual action where he drives into the box dribbling. Then, I don’t know if it’s a penalty or not. Ok, no penalty, fine. I think a yellow card for that action is very hard. Really, when we are working with VAR the penalty against Sokratis, this is for review in my point of view. This is the action to review. It’s clear. It’s clear that he earned the time to head the ball and then it’s a penalty. We need to accept it and continue.

On giving credit to Sheffield United…

I think we didn’t deserve to lose. Then, we can speak about things to improve. We can speak about the metres on the pitch used to create that corner [they scored from] offensively. Then, in the second half, we were losing 1-0, we tried and controlled better and we didn’t lose transitions, we defended well. In attacking moments, they were with a lot of players in the box. It was difficult to achieve our attacks in a small space. We created three or four chances and really we had the chances to score. We were speaking in the dressing room about the importance of scoring a goal. If we score one, we can control better and take more strong moments.

On whether he’s concerned about his side’s away form…

We have challenges in each match. For example, tonight was a challenge to get three points and also to be consistent and keep improving things and doing our way. We are playing with some young players who are taking experience, also to win is the most important thing. We are going to analyse the match. really the result is one thing but also we can analyse something positive after that match. The next challenge is Vitoria on Thursday and then another challenge against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

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