Unai Emery insists he’s staying calm regardless of results, claiming he believes it’s just as important to enjoy the performances.
After a mixed start to the season, some Arsenal fans really turned on their head coach after an embarrassing collapse away to Watford last weekend.
There was a very emotional response to the game on social media and in the stands, but Emery says he remained calm about it.
“When we are winning I stay calm, when we are losing I stay calm,” Emery said.
“I want to win more than lose and really I want to be consistent in our way and in our steps ahead. We know each match is very important because we have a lot of supporters in London, England and also worldwide.
“We know our responsibility and we know we want to give them very good moments, we want to give them special moments and feel connected with us because it is not only how we can win, it is also how we can play and how we can give them our energy, our capacity, our skills and enjoy each match with us.”
The problem is that many supporters have been just as disappointed with the performances and energy shown as with the results.
The trip to Watford wasn’t a case of Arsenal getting unlucky and conceding the only two chances that went against them in the second half. Instead, the hosts dominated Emery’s side for the full 45 minutes and probably could have scored more.
From game to game Arsenal change the system they use, and the level of performance seems just as variable. Though there are some things that stay consistent, like playing out from the back or using the full-backs for width, there’s little sense of an overarching philosophy tying those individual pieces together.
When fans can see the consistency and progress on that front, they’ll surely be able to remain more calm about individual results.