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Sunday 17 November 2019

Emery accepts criticism from the Arsenal fans

Arsenal defender Rob Holding has revealed how a Ryan Giggs DVD inspired him to take up yoga and that he now practises the discipline regularly as part of his training regime. Photo: PA
Arsenal defender Rob Holding has revealed how a Ryan Giggs DVD inspired him to take up yoga and that he now practises the discipline regularly as part of his training regime. Photo: PA

Arsenal manager Unai Emery said he accepts fans' criticism after his side's insipid display in the defeat at Sheffield United but he is now fully focused on staying top of their Europa League group with a win over Vitoria Guimaraes tonight.

Arsenal lost their chance to climb to third in the Premier League as promoted United beat them 1-0 on Monday and the pressure has been mounting on Emery.

The Spaniard dodged a question on whether his team was now better than the one he inherited from long-serving manager Arsene Wenger and said he was satisfied with his progress at the club.

"In my career it's normal to have difficult moments and criticism for our work and my job," Emery said. "We are in one point of view. The supporters' opinion... we need to accept that.

"We lost a very big opportunity in the Premier League to (move up to) third in the table. We are fifth and have chances on Sunday (at home against Crystal Palace). We have to get better but it's one process... In that process I am happy. )We need to think how we can... progress and achieve our targets. Immediately, that's to win tomorrow."

Arsenal are top of Group F with six points from two games and Guimaraes, the winless bottom side, are fourth in the Portuguese table.

Arsenal defender Rob Holding has revealed how a Ryan Giggs DVD inspired him to take up yoga and that he now practises the discipline regularly as part of his training regime.

The 24-year-old is likely to start tonight as he continues the long journey back from a serious knee injury.

He is yet to play in the Premier League this season as Emery eases him back into the Gunners side.

But he disclosed on the eve of the Vitoria game that he has been enjoying yoga for some time after receiving Giggs' DVD as a gift from his mother.

"There is about six players plus (assistant coach) Freddie Ljungberg, he joins in and does a bit of yoga," he said.

"I've been doing it since I've been here, so coming up to the fourth year now.

"When I was growing up, my mum actually got me a Ryan Giggs DVD about yoga.

"It lengthened his career, so I was like, if he's doing it then I should be doing it."

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