Arsenal manager Unai Emery has praised his players for their second half display in Sunday’s 2-0 home loss to champions Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners struggled to impose themselves on the game in the first half and went behind to a Raheem Sterling 19th minute strike. City ended the contest with more possession and more shots, but despite the comfortable nature of the scoreline, Emery claims that there are positives to take from the match.
“The result was 2-0 but I think on the pitch over the 90 minutes we were getting better,” he told reporters after the game.
“The first half we didn’t play like we wanted,” Emery remarked.
“We spoke at half time about taking more responsibility for the second half, to do a little more. We wanted to build with the ball and break their lines. I think in the second half we played more like we want.
“We wanted to start here with our supporters. We wanted to show our performance but it is clear against Manchester City we could not give them this win. But I think here we are going to feel very well.”
Emery is the first of Arsenal’s last six managers, including caretakers, to lose his first league game in charge of the club.