Unai Emery reflects on job well done against Newcastle United but he wants more
Unai Emery watched on as his team outclassed his countryman’s.
Rafa Benitez seeing his side outplayed in every position apart from goalkeeper.
Martin Dubravka doing well to keep the score down but difficult to tell with Leno as the home keeper had next to nothing to do.
The post-match assessment from Unia Emery was ‘We didn’t concede any chances. We created and we dominated the match. We are happy.’
Little wonder, in his first season he the new Arsenal manager is now on a 10 home game winning run in the Premier League and in the quarter-finals of the Europa League.
With seven games to go Arsenal have already matched last season’s 63 points and are now in third with seven games to go.
Only three points separate the Gunners down to Chelsea in sixth, with Man Utd and Spurs two points behind, as the four clubs battle for two Champions League spaces.
This will all count for nothing though if Emery’s team don’t carry it through, the manager stating ‘We are at the most important moment of the season.’
Arsenal have nobody from the top six in their final seven matches and look nailed on for top four minimum.
As for Rafa Benitez, he can have no complaints, beaten by a better team in great form, especially at home, his players simply couldn’t cope with a better quality opposition
“We were good individually, our players gave us quality and they worked for the team.
“Our supporters at home are very important and we can be stronger together.
“We were improving little by little and our first goal helped us a lot.
“Mesut Ozil has quality when he can find the best performance for the team, he is playing like we want with the system and how tactically we want. He is giving us his quality.
“I think Aaron Ramsey is happy, he is helping us and is playing with a very good performance and scoring.
“Each energy from the players is very important for us and he is doing that.
“We are at the most important moment of the season.
“We are making progess in the table but we know it is difficult…Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United are going to win a lot of games.
“We played very consistently over 90 minutes.
“We didn’t concede any chances.
“We created and we dominated the match. We are happy.
“Each match is very difficult – we got three points and we did it our way.
“It’s a nice challenge to win consecutive matches (now on 10 PL home wins in a row), it is a new history.
“We are creating our own way and we have created a big atmosphere here.
“We are in a good moment but each match is a new test.
“I hope Aaron Ramsey’s injury is not serious, the doctor is thinking it’s a small injury.
“We are improving and today we can finish third, but the next match against Everton is difficult. Our rivals are going to win a lot of matches.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Arsenal 2 Newcastle 0
Ramsey 30, Lacazette 83
Possession was Arsenal 71% Newcastle 29%
Total shots were Arsenal 7 Newcastle 3
Shots on target were Arsenal 4 Newcastle 1
Corners were Arsenal 6 Newcastle 2
Referee: Anthony Taylor
Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Dummett, Lejeune, Ritchie (Kenedy 75), Hayden (Ki 67), Diame, Almiron, Perez (Muto 77), Rondon
Darlow, Manquillo, Shelvey, Fernandez
Crowd: 59,869 (though obviously nowhere near that in the stadium with thousands and thousands of empty seats)
(Rafa Benitez post-match verdict – Newcastle have to spend up to £75m on forward positions – Read HERE)
(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the match HERE)
(Rafa’s team outclassed but not disgraced – Read HERE)
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