Arsenal need to build confidence, says Emery

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal manager Unai Emery © IKIMAGES/AFP/File / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 26 – Arsenal boss Unai Emery is seeking to rebuild the confidence of his players after consecutive defeats dealt a severe blow to their hopes of finishing in the Premier League’s top four.The Gunners suffered a surprise 3-2 home loss to Crystal Palace last weekend before a 3-1 reverse at Wolves on Wednesday. The results leave Arsenal fifth in the table, a point behind London rivals Chelsea in the final Champions League qualification spot.Another tricky trip lies ahead with a game at Leicester on Sunday and Emery conceded he has had to lift his squad before heading to the King Power Stadium.“The first target is to recover our confidence,” Emery said at his pre-match press conference on Friday.“We can build on this confidence each minute, each hour, each day, each week — and above all we’re training and we’re looking for a big performance for the three points.”Arsenal, who next week play Valencia in the Europa League semi-finals, have been impressive at home this season but their away form has generally been poor.“If we think negatively with the last two matches, we can’t think positively about the (away) games we won against Napoli and Watford,” said Emery.“Each match is a new history, a new test. We’re being positive, working, recovering the confidence in our players and in our work.“We need to be ready and look forward to playing the next match.”After the Leicester game, Arsenal host Brighton before finishing the season with an away trip to Burnley on May 12 as they seek to qualify for the Champions League after a two-year absence from the competition.Top goalscorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could be back for the visit to Leicester after missing the Wolves game with a sinus issue.“He trained today and if he can train tomorrow, I think we can think he’s ready for Sunday,” said Emery.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Anything can happen! Liverpool star warns job only half done against Man United

first_img1 Jordan Henderson in action for Liverpool Jordan Henderson insists Liverpool still have plenty of work to do to book their place in the Europa League quarter-finals.The Reds will take a 2-0 lead into the second leg of their last 16 tie with Manchester United after outplaying their domestic rivals at Anfield on Thursday night.But Henderson is wary of complacency creeping in and has warned his teammates they will have to produce a repeat performance at Old Trafford to ensure they progress.“It is only half the job done. Anything can happen in football and I have seen stranger things happen,” said the Liverpool captain.“It is only half-time so we have to make sure in the second half at Old Trafford we play like that again because it will be very difficult.”It was a well deserved victory against a poor United side – described as shambolic by Paul Scholes after the game – and gave Liverpool a third straight win in all competitions.“It was a good team performance,” added Henderson. “You have to concentrate on performances and I feel in the last few weeks performances have been good and results follow.“We have built some momentum and confidence and hopefully we can continue that until the end of the season.“This (result) give us another boost.”last_img read more