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Unai Emery claims he knows the key thing his Arsenal side are lacking

The Spaniard has had an up-and-down first season in English football


Unai Emery has admitted Arsenal need to find a way to start entertaining their supporters.


Gunners boss Emery, whose side drew Rennes in the last 16 of the Europa League, is still struggling to impose his own style on the team nine months after taking charge at the Emirates.

It has become difficult to work out Arsenal’s identity as to whether they are pressing team, play possession football or high tempo.

Emery had also hoped to master English by Christmas time but it is still so poor that he is struggling to get his message across to the media, let alone the fans who are desperate for him to succeed and like his passion.

But Emery misheard a question about Arsenal needing identity and instead thought it was about intensity which was rather ironic as he cannot understand and answer questions let alone discuss his philosophy.

Emery has called for consistency from his players

They have hit heights with big wins over Tottenham and Chelsea at the Emirates but seem to be largely stuck in a lull since losing their 22 game unbeaten run at Southampton in December.

But Emery admits that the players must produce good football to lift the mood of the supporters who were spoiled by success and entertainment during the early years of Arsene Wenger’s reign.

Emery said: “I think we also to create a good feeling with our supporters, a good atmosphere here, giving them our energy, giving them our quality and both is very important. Quality and energy, and intensity and I want to develop with this capacity in our team.

The Spaniard wants to see his side on the front foot

“We are doing, I think here more than away from home, but consistency is my target with this team in this condition.

“We want to take this intensity very much. At home here, we have created this, we are very demanding for every player to press, to push for 90 minutes and give the opposition a difficult 90 minutes, a hard 90 minutes here.

“We did that here (against BATE) and we have a lot of matches but each match is a new chapter, a new challenge and Sunday I prefer to change some players if I know they are going to give us this intensity on Sunday.

Arsenal beat BATE 3-0 on Thursday

“Usually, we have players who did not play in the previous game and can help us on Sunday.”

Emery is still convinced that Arsenal can finish in the top four but realistically they will have to improve and find some consistency.

Emery added: “For us, the Premier League is the first competition and we are fighting with Manchester United , with Chelsea in the same position.

“Sunday is a big challenge again against Southampton, here, I want to fight here with our supporters with regularity in every match and with a big performance and on our development and that’s why Sunday is very important.

“We are going to play after three days, after also we’re going to play Wednesday, so we will need every player. We need every player to be the focus for us, to help us in all of our matches.”

Sokratis praised Ozil

Emery will rest and rotate again on Sunday which could mean Mesut Ozil drops out again but it is clear his team mates want him involved again.

Arsenal defender Sokratis hailed Ozil’s return after BATE Borisov and believes he is crucial to the team’s performance.

Sokratis added: “He (Ozil) played very good. Mesut is a fantastic player and when he is fit he is one of the most important players of the team.

“Of course when something is not going good, everybody is there to criticise but we have to see also what Mesut did in the last years for this team.

“All the team, all the players are behind him and we need a good Mesut to go [forward] because we know that he is very important for us.”

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