Emery admits: ‘Visitors don’t fear Emirates’
Arsenal boss calls for fans’ backing after his side were booed off following 2-2 home draw against Southampton
28 November, 2019 — By Steve Barnett
Unai Emery: ‘The players need to connect with the supporters and the supporters need to help the players’
UNAI Emery admits that opposing teams no longer fear playing at the Emirates Stadium, and says he “needs the supporters” to help the club rediscover “good performances”.
The Arsenal head coach acknowledged there were “doubts” about him – made clear on Saturday when his side were booed off following the 2-2 home draw against Southampton.
The result leaves the Gunners nine points worse off than at the same stage last season, with just four wins in 13 Premier League games.
But going into tonight’s (Thursday) Europa League tie against Eintracht Frankfurt, Emery brushed aside speculation over his future by insisting he is only focused on “today and tomorrow” – which doesn’t seem like enough time to fulfil his wish of “reconnecting” with fans.
“They are angry and they are now disappointed, but we are as well,” said the Spaniard.
“I know some doubt is coming about the results but my objective is to change that and come back with the performance and connect with the supporters.
“The players need to connect with the supporters and the supporters need to help the players.
“The players are working every day with very big commitment and very big behaviour. Some players aren’t feeling confident 100 per cent and this is the first target we need, to feel confident.”
The under-fire boss added that Arsenal’s home form would be key to reviving his struggling side. He said: “As a coach, each moment in my career is difficult.
“It’s a very good job, but it’s very hard. When you are winning, you feel the support from everybody, but when you’re not winning, like in the last matches, you have some doubters.
“Really, I believe in us, the players, the group.
“I know I am going to work very hard to come back with this performance and take the confidence we need now. Each match is a very good opportunity to do that.
“Most importantly it’s to connect with the supporters. They need to back and help the players.
“Our confidence depends on how we can feel in our stadium with our supporters. The teams are coming here and playing fearless against us.
“This is the first thing we need to change.
“We need to change it and we need to be strong, and we all need to be together.”