Unai Emery shares what Arsenal's players were talking about in dressing room at Watford

Unai Emery the head coach

Arsenal threw away a 2-0 lead against Watford yesterday, as they could only pick up a draw.

Unai Emery the head coach

Arsenal boss Unai Emery has told Football London that his side were speaking about controlling the game at half-time against Watford, but their plan didn’t come off.

Arsenal went into the break 2-0 up at Vicarage Road, and looked to be closing in on a comfortable victory.

However, the Gunners put in a shocking performance over the second 45 minutes of the match.

Arsenal could not cope with Watford’s attacking quality, with their team looking very lethargic as the game progressed.

 

Watford ultimately came back to claim a draw, and they could have taken all three points if Abdoulaye Doucoure had been more clinical in the final minutes.

Arsenal have been heavily criticised by their own supporters in the after-match of the contest.

And Emery admitted that he was annoyed by the result. He said: “We can be frustrated with the 2-0. Usually we can control the result. In the second half more than less.

“We were speaking in the dressing room. The second half was going to be difficult, they were usually changing their idea to push more than us. Our gameplan was the same as at the beginning.

Arsenal Head Coech Unai Emery before a training session at Emirates Stadium on August 24, 2018 in London, England.

“Their pressing, if they decided to do that, if we break that pressing we can connect with our midfielders and after have space to continue imposing our gameplan.

“We couldn’t control their match and break their pressing. They’re a good team, they played last year with that spirit and that capacity. In the second half they showed that.

“We were speaking also about the need for calm to achieve our moments to get balls and score. We did that less than we wanted.”

Arsenal’s draw with Watford has left further questions being asked of their defence, which was error prone throughout last season.

Emery’s side are now in seventh place in the Premier League table, with their next match coming against Eintract Frankfurt in the Europa League.

Have something to tell us about this article?

Register for ARSENAL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch