Arsenal manager Unai Emery has implored everyone connected with the club to remain calm following Saturday’s damaging 2-0 defeat at Leicester.
The Spaniard described the match as a ‘must-win’ game on Friday but the Gunners rarely threatened to cause what would have represented an upset given the Foxes’ recent form.
Second half goals from Jamie Vardy and James Maddison ensured the gap between the two clubs widened to 12 points heading into the international break.
Emery’s side registered just one shot on target during the 90 minutes and have now won just two of their last 10 Premier League matches, following on from a disastrous end to the previous campaign.
Arsenal chiefs Edu and Raul Sanllehi watched on stoney-faced as the Gunners capitulated following Vardy’s opener and Emery was left pleading for patience in his post match press conference.
‘I am speaking with the club to stay strong and recover,’ he said. ‘We also have young players who are growing up with us.
‘I know we are receiving criticism but I have done before and I have recovered.
‘I accept all the criticism. It is normal. Today we did one step ahead being better defensively.’
In the end, a bad result. Before the first goal we were in the match and in the second half we started to push in and create chances but they are in a good moment and they won.
‘The attitude was good, every player. Now is time to rest with the international break.
‘I’m sure we’re going to improve after that. We need to achieve, at home, confidence and to be strong.
‘We didn’t lose [many games] but we draw so much, that’s what’s important for the table, but I think we can achieve the balance to be strong and get better in these matches.’
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