Arsenal manager Unai Emery wants to see more from his players despite seeing them get their Premier League campaign off to a winning start last weekend.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s assured 58th-minute strike was enough to secure a 1-0 victory over Newcastle in a tight encounter at a rain-soaked St James’ Park.
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Emery largely kept his powder dry as summer signings Dani Ceballos, Nicolas Pepe and Gabriel Martinelli were introduced from the bench, but they headed home satisfied with a sixth win in seven visits to St James’.
The Spaniard will no doubt have been pleased to earn the three points but he has demanded an improved performance when they host Burnley at the Emirates this Saturday.
“We need to improve. We were happy with the three points and we played seriously, but I want to improve on each position for us,” Emery said at Thursday’s news conference.
“We need to and can improve with the same players and other players who were out of that match. My idea is to be more competitive in each position.
“We worked very well that match, above all defensively we worked very compact. The balance, we must improve.”
Indeed, it was a good defensive performance from the Gunners as they matched their Premier League away clean sheet tally for the whole of last season in the very first game this campaign.
But Emery has urged a better attacking performance and said: “The build-up needs to be better.
“We need better progress with our combinations and need to be safer each moment when we pass the ball between us.
“When we progress with the ball like a team we can find better positions and solutions in the attacking third.
“The clean sheet is important but the most important thing is to win. If we can win scoring a lot of goals, good. If we can have a clean sheet each match, it’s perfect.”
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