Emery unsure on Arsenal's title chances

08 October, 2018, 18:00 | Author: Nicole Aguilar
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"It was an important goal for Aaron and an important goal for us", said manager Unai Emery with more than a touch of understatement.

It seemed unlikely after their back-to-back losses to City and Chelsea at the start of the season, but Arsenal are now only a point behind the champions and Liverpool, who meet at Anfield later on Sunday.

Petr Cech's weak distribution skills means that Bernand Leno is a much better option for implementing Emery's philosophy of building from the back. Holding put in another composed and assured performance as he made his fourth start in a row for the Gunners.

I don't think in these terms. If anything, it was a reminder of just what Aaron Ramsey is capable of.

The breakdown of Ramsey's contract talks is another thorny issue that Emery has so far navigated successfully.

Another sub, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who had assisted the Ramsey effort, then got on the scoresheet himself, this time swivelling on a pass from Hector Bellerin before slotting home.

"We played the first 45 minutes well, created chances and gave them questions". It will be interesting to see whether Emery makes his next team selection based on reputation or on form.

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Alexandre Lacazette scored twice for Arsenal. We worked very hard in the second half to impose this result [on the opposition].

Lacazette joined Arsenal last summer for a then-club record fee before that amount was eclipsed in January as fellow forward Aubameyang came in from Borussia Dortmund.

Emery has solved that problem by playing Lacazette as his central striker in recent weeks and using Aubameyang in a wider role.

'It is hard to compare (Aubameyang's record) with Thierry because he came younger and Auba is at the top of his career but I hope Auba scores as many goals to help us win something'.

It's been a while since Arsenal had a universal backing of their own fans.

The fear had been that after the arduous trip for Thursday night's Europa League tie in Azerbaijan, Arsenal would be exhausted or at least suffer from that mysterious malaise induced by the competition.

Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette (left) and Fulham's Denis Odoi battle for the ball during the Premier League match at Craven Cottage, London.

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