Arsenal 2-1 Cardiff – Unai Emery: We Deserved To Be Behind At Half-Time

By The Editor
on 29th January 2019

Unai Emert castigates the team’s first-half display…


Arsenal head coach Unai Emery ridiculed the team’s start to the game against Cardiff City and admitted that we should’ve gone into the interval with a deficit to overturn.

Speaking to reporters after goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette gave us a 2-1 win, Emery bemoaned our poor start.

It’s a predicament which has dogged us this entire campaign and the Spaniard hasn’t found a resolution for the situation. Emery admitted that the only positive in the first half was that we went into the break level and weren’t punished for all the mistakes we made.

Our intensity was better in the second half and after Mike Dean pointed to the spot as Sead Kolasinac was felled, we never looked back.

“The first half, if one team deserved to score then maybe it was them,” Emery said, via HaytersTV.

“The best thing to do in this moment when we were in the dressing room was to speak about it.

“The first half at 0-0 was good for us because we conceded chances to them and they didn’t score. But we had the opportunity to change this situation in the second half and we had to play in that second half with patience because we knew this match was not easy. “

Cardiff gave us some troubles earlier this season at the Cardiff City Stadium with a late Lacazette’s strike give us all thee points.

The win puts us level on points with Chelsea in fourth and pushes us two points clear of Manchester United following their 2-2 draw at home to Burnley.