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Unai Emery takes positives from Arsenal's second-half display

Emery takes positives from second half
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Unai Emery reveals that he asked his players to 'take more responsibility' in the second half against Manchester City, but concedes the opposition were too good.

Unai Emery has complimented his Arsenal players for "taking more responsibility" in the second half of their 2-0 loss against Manchester City.

The Gunners' first competitive game without Arsene Wenger since 1996 ended in a disappointing defeat in front of their own supporters.

City ended the contest with more possession and more shots, but despite the comfortable nature of the scoreline, Emery claims that there are positives to take from the match.

"The result was 2-0 but I think on the pitch over the 90 minutes we were getting better," he told BBC Sport. "The first half we didn't play like we wanted.

"We spoke at half time about taking more responsibility for the second half, to do a little more. We wanted to build with the ball and break their lines. I think in the second half we played more like we want.

"We wanted to start here with our supporters. We wanted to show our performance but it is clear against Manchester City we could not give them this win. But I think here we are going to feel very well."

Emery is the first of Arsenal's last six managers, including caretakers, to lose his first league game in charge of the club.

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