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Emery takes responsibility for Arsenal’s draw with Watford

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Unai Emery talked about some of the Arsenal’s previous results ahead of the team’s clash against Aston Villa.

Arsenal is bound to travel to Villa Park today in an attempt to recover their league form.

The team started the season strongly, with opening two matches resulting in wins.

However, the North-London side couldn’t keep up the rhythm as they are on a three-match winless streak. This includes the loss to Liverpool, as well as draws with Watford and Tottenham.

Given that Watford suffered a tough defeat yesterday by Guardiola’s City, many eyebrows were raised regarding Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Watford last week.

Emery was asked about this, and according to FourFourTwo, he said:

“One mistake is not his mistake,” regarding the Sokratis mistake which led to Watford’s goal.

“It is the mistake of all the team, and I am responsible because I decided to start like that.

“In the first 45 minutes they didn’t push a lot or do a really big press against us. We controlled the match with the ball, the possession, the build-up, easier in the first half. The second half changed because they needed to push more, to attack more, to go against us.”

Emery’s side partially recovered from the draw with the Europa League win, inspired by the youngster Bukayo Saka’s performance.

Shkodran Mustafi, Arsenal
FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY – SEPTEMBER 19: Shkodran Mustafi of Arsenal challenges Dominik Kohr of Eintracht Frankfurt during the UEFA Europa League group F match between Eintracht Frankfurt and Arsenal FC at on September 19, 2019 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (Photo by Christian Kaspar-Bartke/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Emery is shuffling the team in order to get the spark he needs. With Chelsea looking better and better as the season goes on, Arsenal will have a tough task at hand in the fight for the Champions League spots.

Perhaps it’s an unrealistic expectation for Emery to take one of the top four places. Still, Arsenal fans are used to excellence with Arsene Wenger keeping the ship steady for so long, and it’s understandably hard to make peace with Europa League.

Aston Villa is going into the match looking for the win after last week’s draw with West Ham.