Unai Emery concedes that Arsenal must take a hard look at themselves despite moving up to third in the Premier League after Sunday’s 1-0 win over Bournemouth.
David Luiz’s first goal in an Arsenal jersey was enough to secure Emery a fourth win in five matches to go third in the Premier League. However, it wasn’t a convincing home victory against Bournemouth.
In fact, Arsenal struggled to muster any real opportunities to extend their lead after Luiz’s opener. They only managed to get two of their 12 attempts on target and were, perhaps, lucky to escape with all three points.
But Callum Wilson and Dominic Solanke ultimately failed to equalise for Bournemouth despite coming close in the second half. While Bernd Leno kept a clean sheet in the end for the hosts by denying Jack Stacey’s effort.
On the other side of the pitch, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Gabriel Martinelli both narrowly missed chances to extend Arsenal’s advantage.
Therefore, Emery wasn’t exactly in a celebratory mood at the end of the match.
“We are very happy with that result,” the Gunners boss told reporters.
“I’m very proud of our work in the first-half, but we are very critical with ourselves to improve things.
“We spoke before the game that if we’d win, we would be third in the table and for our confidence it was important.”
“Maybe in the second half, we were winning 1-0, we were struggling more than we wanted and maybe in some moments we felt the pressure.”
Although the Spaniard did have praise in him for Luiz after opening his scoring account for Arsenal.
The Brazilian centre-back, who arrived from Chelsea last month, hasn’t had an easy start in north London. He’s, in fact, made a number of big defensive errors already in his Gunners career.
“He is very positive and is every time speaking about positive things,” added Emery on Luiz.
“He came late in the squad but his commitment and behaviour are very high.”
Arsenal will return to action on October 21 away to Sheffield United after the international break.
Emery’s side are now just a point behind Premier League champions Manchester City, who lost 2-0 at home to Wolves.