Arsenal secured their fifth successive victory in the Premier League with a 2-0 win over Watford in Saturday’s clash at the Emirates Stadium. Here’s everything Unai Emery said after the game
On the win
They [Watford] are an organised team, very competitive with very good players.
We knew before the match it would be difficult. We needed to be competitive in the moment with Deeney, we needed to defend well with him on the second action.
The ball was near our box a lot, the rhythm of the match was not as quick we wanted.
I think our players in the first half were a little nervous. We need to continue to be calm. At half-time, we spoke about improving things on the pitch with our positioning.
Our moments arrived in the second half and we showed efficiency to score.
On what he was thinking late on when it was still 0-0
I wanted to win. My ideas were about how we could change.
We needed players on the bench who were hungry to help the team. First, Leno is working every day for his moment to help us, today he did that.
And Danny [Welbeck] and Alex Iwobi helped us with their pushing moments and quality. I am very happy for the team, for the squad.
Each match is very important for us for confidence and continuing to create our ideas and style.
On Cech’s injury
I don’t know now, tomorrow I know more. Maybe it’s two or three weeks, it’s muscular (hamstring).
On Arsenal winning games in the second half
At the moment it’s OK if we win.
We need more control for 90 minutes. I think the first half is not easy, but defensively we were good and the best chance was for Lacazette.
The second half we scored two goals, but we conceded good chances for them. We need to continue to improve with possession and positioning.
But here, each match is very difficult in the Premier League.
On Bernd Leno
He is working very well with the goalkeeping coaches.
I spoke with him and said the most important thing is when the team needs him to help us, to be prepared.
He did that on Wednesday and today also – and against Vorskla.
We have three very good goalkeepers. Petr Cech, his performances for us have been very important and his experience. Leno can learn by staying near with Petr Cech every day.
I am very happy with him. He has waited for his moment and it’s arriving.
On Alex Iwobi
He is working well every day.
Three weeks ago he was outside the team because he had an injury.
I am very happy with him because of his mentality. He can play right or left, maybe he can do more one on one. Also, I want him to stay nearer the box to score and finding assists for his teammates.
This is the way for him.
On Ramsey being upset after being taken off
I want a competitive spirit.
When the players want to play every moment to help the team, I want this to help with his character for the team.
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