Unai Emery sends message to Arsenal board after demoralising Leicester defeat

first_img Comment Advertisement Advertisement James Maddison and Jamie Vardy scored the goals in Leicester’s 2-0 win over Arsenal (Picture: Getty)‘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.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘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.’Will Arsenal sack Unai Emery in the international breakYes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Tony Adams identifies one major problem with Unai Emery’s Arsenal starting XI vs LeicesterMORE: Joe Cole slams Arsenal and Chelsea transfer target Wilfried Zaha Arsenal were convincingly beaten 2-0 by Leicester with pressure now mounting on Unai Emery (Picture: Getty)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 nine 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.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArsenal 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. Unai Emery sends message to Arsenal board after demoralising Leicester defeat Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 9 Nov 2019 8:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link205Shareslast_img read more

Euro2016: Portugal Beats Poland to Reach S’final

first_imgPortugal’s semi-final opponent will be either Wales or Belgium.Remarkably, Portugal have reached the last four without winning a game in normal time following three draws in a group in which they finished third and an extra-time win over Croatia in the last 16.No side has ever got this far in a European Championship without winning a match inside 90 minutes.Portugal have also only led a match for 22 minutes during the whole tournament, while Poland have not trailed for a single minute of normal time.However, for a second dour and conservative knockout game running, Fernando Santos’ side did what was required when it mattered.Neither goalkeeper came close to saving the first three penalties from either side.Cristiano Ronaldo, Sanches and Joao Moutinho all scored excellent penalties for Portugal, with Lewandowski, Arkadiusz Milik and Kamil Glik following suit for Poland.However, after Nani had put Portugal 4-3 ahead, Patricio dived full length to his left to palm away Blaszczykowski’s effort with one hand.Lukasz Fabianski got his fingertips to Quaresma’s decisive effort but could not prevent it finding the roof of the net.For much of the game, the overriding image of Ronaldo was of him slapping his thigh and screaming towards the French sky in frustration.Barring a few exceptional moments – his two goals against Hungary and assisting Quaresma’s winner to see off Croatia – this has been a disappointing tournament for the finest European player of his generation.He was barely recognisable from the figure who has terrorised defences across the continent for more than a decade as a series of scuffed and miscued strikes took him from 31 to 36 efforts for the tournament without an addition to his two group-stage goals.Worst of all was a couple of air shots – one from a low Nani cross, the other following a chipped ball over the defence and into the box by substitute Joao Moutinho.He should have had a first-half penalty, when he was clumsily shoved in the back in the box by Michal Pazdan, but his anguished appeals were waved away by referee Felix Brych.However, he led from the front in the shootout, firing home the first penalty with aplomb and remains in the tournament, unlike Poland’s own star man.Having scored 13 goals in qualifying and 42 in 51 appearances for club Bayern Munich in 2015-16, Lewandowski had spent much of Poland’s four games prior to Thursday being frustrated, through both fair and foul means from opponents – he is the most fouled man in the tournament.It was only a matter of time, though, before a striker of his class made an impression on the tournament, although few would have imagined Portugal to be so accommodating so early in Marseille.Southampton full-back Cedric Soares was at fault, allowing a cross-field ball to evade him and reach Kamil Grosicki, whose low cross was struck home first-time by his captain with just one minute and 40 seconds on the clock.It is the second fastest goal in Euros history – beaten only by Dmitri Kirichenko’s 65-second strike for Russia against Greece in 2004 – and ends a 645-minute goal-drought for Lewandowski in the finals of this competition.Now brimming with confidence, the 27-year-old then beat Pepe to the ball in the box but saw his low shot saved by Patricio as Poland took the game to their opponents in the first 25 minutes.Unfortunately, they were unable to build on this, offering precious little in attack and relying instead on a resolute defence that has conceded just twice in five games (two of which have gone to extra-time) to see give them through to the shoot-out.EURO2016(Result)Portugal 1-1 Poland(Portugal wins 5-3 on penalties)TODAYWales v BelgiumSATURDAYGermany v ItalySUNDAYFrance v IcelandShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Portugal reached the semi-finals of the European Championship for the fourth time in five tournaments with a penalty shootout victory over Poland last night.Ricardo Quaresma scored the winning spot-kick after Jakub Blaszczykowski’s effort was saved by Rui Patricio.Robert Lewandowski had fired Poland ahead in the second minute with teenager Renato Sanches equalising via a deflected strike.last_img read more