Arsenal Manager Unai Emery Says 'I Know I Can Do Better' After Southampton Draw

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistNovember 24, 2019

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 23: Unai Emery, Manager of Arsenal gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Southampton FC at Emirates Stadium on November 23, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Harriet Lander/Getty Images)
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Arsenal manager Unai Emery said he understands why Gunners fans are frustrated after Saturday's 2-2 draw with Southampton in the Premier League.

Arsenal needed a 96th-minute equaliser from Alexandre Lacazette at the Emirates Stadium to take a point off Saints, who are in the relegation zone and recently lost 9-0 at home to Leicester City:

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Arsenal mood. https://t.co/AOuP4avjUj

The hosts were booed off:

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Arsenal were booed off once again after another dismal draw. How much longer can the club resist fans demanding for a change? MORE: https://t.co/RRPKdumbdb https://t.co/vuCktShqeG

They are now winless in their past six matches in all competitions:

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Arsenal have failed to win six consecutive matches across all competitions for the first time since 1998 😬 #MOTD https://t.co/XeFFkvTY0U

Per Chris Burton of Goal, Emery said things need to improve:

"The club are supporting me every day, and also I have a responsibility. I know I can do better. I can take more performances with the players, and I'm going to try to do that. I understand the supporters. They are now frustrated, disappointed and angry. The players feel the same.

"My job is to work, analyse and find a solution for how we can improve. I know the key is here to take confidence, to achieve the points, the good performances at home and then to take that away.

"The key is here with our supporters. I know that, and the players also know that. Our target was to win this evening, but above all to connect. We didn't do that. We lost a very big opportunity, and now we will analyse and work on a solution for the next matches."

In a heavily congested mid-table, Arsenal sit seventh, but they will drop down to eighth after Sunday's fixture between Sheffield United and Manchester United:

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What it all means for the #PL table 👇 https://t.co/24Bq37JjK1

The Gunners' top-four credentials have taken a major hit after 13 games, as they are already eight points adrift of the UEFA Champions League qualifying places. They look to be heading for a fourth consecutive season out of Europe's elite competition, and they could be in danger of playing no European football at all next season.

Emery enjoyed a passable debut season as Arsenal manager. While the Gunners failed to break back into the top four, their 2018-19 tally of 70 points was seven more than they managed during Arsene Wenger's final campaign in charge.

However, never before have the Gunners had as few as 18 points after 13 games of a Premier League season:

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@Arsenal’s fewest points after 13 PL games 2019-20 18 1994-95 19 2012-13 20 2014-15 20 2006-07 22 https://t.co/ylQhK2Hp9c

That is a stark sign of a regression, which will not be tolerated by Arsenal's fans or hierarchy for much longer.