Arsenal conceded as tunning defeat to Everton in the Premier League, suffering a massive setback for the top-4 race.
Unai Emery’s side faced a huge setback in their pursuit for Champions League qualification next season as the side conceded defeat against Everton.
Arsenal’s poor form in away games continued at Goodison Park as the side failed to capitalize on their brilliant home run. Phil Jagielka’s goal proved to be the only difference in the game as Arsenal failed to score.
Unai Emery made two substitutions at halftime and even tweaked the formation, but it all went in vain for the Spanish manager. Mesut Ozil failed to step up for the side as well, as the midfielder was substituted in the second half. The German midfielder vent out his frustration by throwing a jacket during the game.
Unai Emery interacted with the media for the post-match conference following the loss.
Unai Emery on Arsenal’s performance:
The Arsenal head coach admitted that Arsenal’s pursuit for top-4 has become significantly difficult after the loss to Everton.
“I am, with my mind, with the same idea before the match,” Unai Emery said. “We know it’s going to be difficult, that today was a great opportunity to take three points.
“After the result we are fourth and we need in 38 matches to be consistent. We are going to have chances also.”
The Gunners’ boss also stated that their fate depends on other teams as much as it depends on them.
“It depends on us and other teams. We can be negative because it’s three points less but it’s in our hands to continue taking chances to be in the top four,” said Emery.
However, the Gunners’ boss insisted that the side should prepare for the Europa League clash against Napoli.
“Today we are four. Our great opportunity was to be third, at the moment we are four. I knew before it was going to be difficult. After the result I think the same.
“We didn’t show our best performance. But we’re going to think the next match on Thursday and Watford away.”
How Twitter reacted..
If Mkhitaryan is a better option than Özil in Emery’s eyes then we really don’t deserve Mesut Özil. Mkhitaryan has been one of the worst players on the pitch constantly losing possession and offering us nothing. I can’t believe he stayed on.
— Matthew Burford (@MatthewBurford) April 7, 2019
Our away form is like some sort of rank fungal infection we can’t shake. It makes no sense how we can be so good at home and fail so consistently on the road to average teams.
Hard to imagine Emery isn’t trying different approaches to prep, nothing working regardless.
— Le Grove (@LeGrove) April 7, 2019
Emery and Silva come to blows as Emery wants Mustafi sent off but Silva says it should only be a yellow card.
— Paddy (@VieiraPaddy) April 7, 2019
Emery on why Ramsey didn’t start:
“He was better and his idea was to play. But after speaking to the doctor we had doubt he could play 90 minutes, we decided not to start but he could play like a substitute.”
— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) April 7, 2019
Arsenal returns to action on Thursday night as they take on Napoli in a vital first leg of the Europa League quarterfinal at Emirates Stadium.