Unai Emery admits his players are in need of a big confidence boost after Arsenal produced another dire display on the way to a 2-1 defeat by Eintracht Frankfurt.
The Gunners, playing against the backdrop of a record-low crowd for a first team game at the Emirates, took the lead in a low-key first half courtesy of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s smart low finish.
The home side had chances to double the lead in the opening moments of the second period, but heads quickly dropped when Daichi Kamada levelled on 55 minutes.
Capitalizing on a looser defence, the same player scored again nine minutes later to set up a frustrating 25-minute final for the few stoic supporters who took the lead. For the second consecutive home game, the final whistle was blown by bastards and calls for the manager’s dismissal.
Having missed a chance to qualify for the second successive round of the Europa League, Arsenal must now avoid a five-goal defeat to Standard Liege in their final group match to progress.
Facing the media after the game, Emery said: “I think we deserved more, we controlled the game in the first half, we scored one goal.
“We, in the first half, were happy for how we took the performance as a team and also individually.
“In the second half we started the same, we needed to score a goal but we lost the control of the game after 15 minutes and they scored two goals.
“At the end we changed two players for injuries and we couldn’t do some more offensive changes to achieve, and to take fresh players. We didn’t push, we didn’t really take the chances to draw or win this match.”
He added: “Now our moment is not good. We need to win and we need to gain confidence.
“I think we are better than we are showing, everybody, the players, the coaches and me.
“Now we lost some confidence and we need to win. Really, the response in the first half was good and we started very well again in the second half.
“We had two injures with Mustafi and David Luiz and that moment was important because when you’re losing you need some fresh players offensively to change and give the team more options. We couldn’t do that.”
Arsenal travel to Norwich on Sunday. It seems hard to believe that Emery will still be the man in charge, but at this point, who knows?