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Emery demands first-half improvement despite 11th straight Arsenal win

 

 

Emery demands first-half improvement despite 11th straight Arsenal win

Emery demands first-half improvement despite 11th straight Arsenal win

 

Danny Welbeck’s late goal handed the Gunners yet another win, but according to their manager there is still better to come
Unai Emery demanded Arsenal improve their first-half performances despite the Gunners recording their 11th straight win in all competitions by beating Sporting CP. But, as in Monday’s Premier League defeat of Leicester City, Arsenal did not impress in a flat first-half performance.

Although Arsenal are closing in on Europa League qualification, Emery feels there is an obvious area where his team can get better in the weeks to come.

“Each match there is a big opportunity to improve and one is this,” Emery told a news conference. “We spoke about it before the match.

“When we were in the dressing room at half-time we spoke and said, ‘okay today also, we cannot impose our game in first 45 minutes, but the second half we have the opportunity to change the result and continue in our way, thinking only of winning this match and improving things in the second half’.

“And I think the team did that in the second 45 minutes. But we need to continue finding the solution for the first half to be better.

“The match, for the 90 minutes, there were different things happening tactically and individually.

“The first half is not clear for us, there was not a lot of chances. The second half step by step we imposed our job, our play to win this match.” Emery has regularly spoken of his desire for Arsenal to thrive in the Europa League, a competition he won three years in a row with Sevilla.

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Lionel Messi shares awesome photo of himself and kids playing with their dog

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Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has taken to social media to share awesome photo of himself and his sons Thiago and Mateo relaxing at home with their dog Hulk.

Lionel Messi can be seen in the photo he posted with his children pilling on top of him while the Argentine superstar laid on the sofa.

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Messi’s two sons appeared to be having fun in the photo with the dog, but their star father did not appear enjoying the play from the pet.

Lionel Messi has been impressive for Barcelona this season scoring 23 goals in 22 games in all competitions for the reigning Spanish champions.

Meanwhile, Barcelona are currently topping the Spanish La Liga table with 43 points after 19 games played this season.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic lashes out at Cristiano Ronaldo after his mega money move to Juve

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Former Barcelona and Inter Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has blasted Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo over his move to Italian League champions Juventus.

The 33-year-old ended his nine year reign with Real Madrid after the 2018 FIFA World Cup and sealed a move to the Allianz Stadium to join the Old Lady in a deal around £99 million.

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He has since then scored 14 goals and created five assists in 19 league matches, as Allegri’s men sit atop of the log with 53 points – nine points better than Napoli.

ESPN however reports that the former Manchester United forward believes Ronaldo could have gone to a more lower club and prove his quality there.

The 37-year-old insisted that the Portuguese star joined a team that has won the league title in the last six years.

“Cristiano Ronaldo calls it a challenge to go to a team already armed, that has been winning the Serie A,” Ibrahimovic told ESPNFC.

“Several years ago, why not go to a second division club to become the champion and take the team to the 1st. Bulls**t, going to Juve is no challenge. “

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Giroud has struggled to command a regular spot in the first-team at Chelsea under manager, Maurizio Sarri.

The France World Cup winner arrived Stamford Bridge from Arsenal in January 2018.

However, Barcelona are looking for a new striker to provide support to Luis Suarez, their first-choice centre-forward.

RMC Sport is reporting that the Catalan club have identified Giroud as one of the top transfer targets to sign this month to assist Suarez at the Camp Nou.

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The 32-year-old has scored just 10 goals for Chelsea since joining the West London club this time last year.

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