Following Arsenal’s disappointing 1-0 defeat at promoted Sheffield United on Monday, manager Unai Emery has pleaded with the club fans to give him some time as doubts grow over the Spaniard’s ability to lead the Gunners back into the Champions League.
The defeat unfortunately left Arsenal fifth in the Premier League, after only four wins in their opening nine games.
It could be recalled that Emery enjoyed an encouraging start immediately after succeeding Arsene Wenger, the Frenchman who stayed at the club for 22 years, but Arsenal’s perfomance decreased towards the end of last season as they narrowly missed out on a top-four finish, crowning the bad season with a lost to Chelsea in the final of the Europa League.
According to Emery while speaking on Wednesday ahead of his side’s Europa League clash with Portuguese club Vitoria Guimaraes, said “It’s normal to have indifferent and difficult moments criticism for our work and my job,
“We need to accept that.
“My focus in the next matches is thinking about how we can improve and also we need to think about how we can, little-by-little, progress and achieve our immediate targets.
“Our objective is clear on where we want to get,
“We are at the beginning. Really, I am very confident in the players, in our job, in our work, in the club strategy, in every player.
“Above all I want to continue being an offensive team, improving defensively but offensive. Our mentality is to be offensive. I am going to get that balance I am sure.”