Leno frustrated as Arsenal wait for first away clean sheet goes on

Lynette Rowe
February 11, 2019

Arsenal's first league win on the road since November got their top-four hopes back on track, but for large spells at the John Smith's Stadium boss Unai Emery cut a frustrated figure on the touchline.

"I think this season we have conceded goals too easily".

After losing their first two league games to champions Manchester City and Chelsea, Unai Emery's reign as Arsenal manager went smoothly and they did not taste defeat again until December 16 - a run of 22 matches unbeaten in all competitions.

Insisting that a top-four finish was a realistic target, the Spaniard said: "I think it's hard, but we can (finish in the top four)".

The Gunners are now fifth, one point behind a resurgent Manchester United who have been in great form since the appointment of an interim manager, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer who took over from Mourinho.

"We are (getting) closer to the other teams". They certainly didn't look like a bottom of the table side playing a Top Six side, and their manager Jan Siewert was pleased with his players efforts.

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Emery didn't mention the second option, despite previously winning the competition three times, perhaps indicating he is confident of his side's capabilities to get the job done in the league.

Emery was still keen to focus on the positives of his side's win, telling Sky Sports: "Their coach said yesterday they need to run a lot, and we spoke in the season that we need to show everybody we want these three points, and run like they are running and also more".

"Yes but we won." started the Spaniard.

"The clean sheet is important but our goal is to win".

"In the first half we played very well and had good control".

"We have to work on this because the defence for me is the most thing to enable us to get back into the top four".

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