MX23RW : Tuesday, January 22 19:44:36

Unai Emery not getting carried away with Arsenal’s winning run

The Gunners beat Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League to make it 11 wins in a row.

Unai Emery is not thinking about becoming an Arsenal record-breaker despite guiding the Gunners to an 11th consecutive win with a Europa League victory at Sporting Lisbon.

Danny Welbeck scored the only goal of a forgettable game as he turned home a 77th-minute winner for the visitors.

Both sides started the game slowly and the first half was largely bereft of quality, with Emery’s side gradually improving after the interval as Welbeck secured the 1-0 win.

Danny Welbeck's goal was enough to see off Sporting Lisbon
Danny Welbeck’s goal was enough to see off Sporting Lisbon (AP)

Since losing to Premier League champions Manchester City and London rivals Chelsea in his first two games in charge, Emery has tasted nothing but victory.

It is 11 years since Arsenal went on such a winning run, with the club’s all-time record streak standing at 14 matches.

Premier League victories over Crystal Palace and Liverpool, as well as Carabao Cup success against Blackpool in-between, would see Emery’s team draw level with their counterparts from 1987, but the Spaniard is not looking too far ahead.

“Three matches, that is a lot of matches,” he said.

“We are only thinking of the next match against Crystal Palace. We are also enjoying each moment with our supporters.

“Today we were with them and they were with us, supporters who had come from Arsenal, from London or from here. For us, it’s very important that supporters are with us and enjoy it.

“I’m enjoying continuing the work, our process. They have a high demand for us because every match is not easy for us.

“Historically, this has been very difficult for us and I know this. We are thinking about three points at Crystal Palace but we know that it’s very difficult to win there.

“For us, continuing to win is what we want but we know it’s not easy and we can lose.”

Unai Emery congratulates Danny Welbeck
Unai Emery congratulates Danny Welbeck (AP)

Despite the current run of form, one criticism of Arsenal has been their slow start to matches, which was evident again at the Estadio Jose Alvalade.

Emery concedes it is an issue that needs addressing and that he has made his players aware of it.

“Each match is a very big opportunity to improve things and one thing is this,” he replied when asked about starting games too slowly.

“We spoke in the dressing room before the start of the match today about our objectives. And one objective is this. But the most important thing is that when we were in the dressing room at half-time we spoke.

“But we need to continue finding the solution for us to be better in the first halves.”

Sporting boss Jose Peseiro felt his team were on the receiving end of some poor officiating, but spoke with pride at how his players prevented Arsenal playing the sort of free-flowing football that has been associated with them in recent weeks.

“Nobody has been able to do what we did in that first half against Arsenal,” he said.

“I’m not sure whether it was lack of aggression or fear but they came back into the game. We were playing one of the best sides in Europe, who play very well vertically and with great depth. I cannot blame my team for doing what they did.

“We did not let our opponent do what they are usually able to do in England and in the Europa League this season.

“We did well but we did not take advantage of certain balls that we gained close to their box, where we might have scored. In the second half we were not able to keep the pressure and Arsenal were able to get in space behind. We feared that and retreated.”


Click here for more stories about Arsenal

Share this article now:

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool23193154134160
2Manchester CityMan City23182362174556
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs23170648232551
4Chelsea23145440192147
5Arsenal23135548321644
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd23135546331344
7Watford239683232033
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves239592731-432
9Leicester CityLeicester2394102929031
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2394103034-431
11Everton238693433130
12Bournemouth2393113342-930
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2375112532-726
14Crystal Palace2364132332-922
15Southampton2357112540-1522
16Burnley2364132343-2022
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2356121931-1221
18Cardiff CityCardiff2354141944-2519
19Fulham2335152151-3014
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2325161340-2711

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account