Arsenal boss Unai Emery has quickly turned his attention to the home game with West Ham as he looks for his first points. Emery has suffered two defeats in his opening two Premier League games since taking over from Arsene Wenger, but he is not reaching for the panic button just yet.
The Spaniard says Arsenal are very much a work in progress and the next step comes against the Hammers at Emirates Stadium this weekend.
“Our start is an issue, but we are thinking of the next match and to work on things we need to improve,” Emery said. “Also individually we can improve more things. But many things positive we are doing and we are going to keep doing that.”
Meanwhile, Emery insisted his decision to substitute Granit Xhaka at half-time was tactical, partly due to the Swiss midfielder’s first-half booking.
He also downplayed the replacement of Mesut Ozil.
“I am happy with Mesut,” he added. “He worked. I decided to change because we needed more in the middle. We were defending very deep.”
On Xhaka, Emery said: “We don’t take risks with this yellow card.”