Arsenal manager Unai Emery has spoken about how he sees his Arsenal side this season, and said that they have to be far better at defending than they have in the recent past.
He noted that a work ethic and recovering the ball is key – and that the players are improving with that, but that they also need a lot more time to get to grips with his methods.
The former Sevilla and PSG manager also noted that they want to be organised, but also play great football and entertain as well.
Sky Sports report he told them: “Our style with the ball is to be protagonists, to do things with combinations, to control the match with the positioning of the ball. And then when we have the space, to be aggressive going forward.
“Defensively: first it is to be organised, recover the ball quickly. But in these two moments in the match we need to work. To say it here is easier than doing it on the pitch. We also need time, but now I am happy because I think the players are improving.
“We need two things: quality players, which we have, and then organisation. Together I think we can improve, to win in our way. I repeat: organised, then play.”
Key players for Arsenal
To do all of this, the defenders are going to be key – but Emery wants his side to be workers throughout, and will expect the likes of Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to also work hard and recover the ball when they’re not in possession of it.
Of course, the Arsenal fans want to see their side have far more heart, and try much harder than they have in the past couple of seasons, and while getting the players to also entertain will be key, the fans want to see that their side can be solid, and can defend.
That will certainly improve them, and see their chances of beating teams rise.