Arsenal suffered a disappointing defeat to Everton (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery insists he is ‘positive’ about Arsenal’s top-four chances despite Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park.
The Gunners produced a mediocre performance on Merseyside as Phil Jagielka’s first-half goal secured Everton a narrow home victory.
After leaving Everton empty handed, Arsenal remain fourth in the Premier League table, level on points with Chelsea and one being north London rivals Tottenham.
‘In the second half we needed a bit more from the game so I changed some things and we were better offensively,’ Emery said.
‘We needed balance. In the first half we were good defensively but needed more offensively. In the second we were better offensively but not defensively.
‘The match is demanding and the end result, we can’t change that. We know we needed to be strong and solid, and to be competitive.
‘After the negative result after the first half we changed things defensively and it gave us better options for 45 minutes but we could not find a goal.
‘If we scored than it would have changed the match but defensively we conceded more chances than what we were doing first half.
Bernd Leno was kept busy during the Premier League clash (Picture: Getty)‘I’m as positive as I was before because I knew the game was going to be difficult.’
One of the few positives Arsenal can take from the game was the performance of Bernd Leno, who made a number of stops in the second half to prevent Everton from storming ahead.
The German goalkeeper said: ‘It was a disappointing result. We played OK but we didn’t have many chances to score.
‘We conceded an unlucky goal at the beginning of the game from a throw-in and it was difficult to play against a deep defence.
‘The early goal was much better for Everton. If the game stayed 0-0 for longer it would have been much easier for us.
‘Everton had some chances after transitions, but we have to improve to play against deep defences and create chances, because I think the next game against Watford will be the same.’
On Arsenal’s poor record away from home, Leno added: ‘To be honest, I don’t know. But we’re still in a good position and in a good atmosphere.
‘Losing one game is not a problem. We have to keep going, keep working hard and play our style because we’re still in a good moment.’
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