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Sunday 25 August 2019

Emery bids to solve away day blues in Huddersfield visit

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery
Arsenal head coach Unai Emery

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery insists his side must end their poor away form at rock-bottom Huddersfield.

The Gunners head to the John Smith's Stadium tomorrow on the back of a 3-1 defeat at Manchester City last weekend - a third straight away loss in the Premier League.

A 2-1 win at Bournemouth on November 25 was the last time Emery's side took three points on the road - and the Spaniard wants that to be addressed at struggling Huddersfield.

Asked if the Terriers' own poor form meant this game was must-win, Emery replied: "Yes.

"We started very well away, changing our mentality, but now we need to recover this confidence, to recover this performance and the next opportunity is Saturday against Huddersfield.

"But it is difficult. These matches are difficult and they are playing for the possibility to continue in the Premier League.

"Their last results have not been good but with their new coach (Jan Siewert), I am sure that they are going to play with a big ambition and a big performance on Saturday.

 "I think they have good players with a good organisation. They push a lot and I know it will be difficult. For us as well, away games have been a challenge and each match is a new challenge.

"Each match is also a very big opportunity for us to fight for the possibility to take three points and continue better than how we are doing in away games now."

The loss at City saw Arsenal outplayed for much of the contest, with some supporters taking to social media to criticise the team - as well as Emery's tactics.

A number even went as far as to call for Emery to be sacked as the 47-year-old faced the largest wave of negativity since his appointment to replace Arsene Wenger last summer.

"My first critic is always myself," Emery replied when asked about his cynics.

"I work over the criticisms of me because I know that work in the present can change our way. How we are doing at home and away, we are with the possibility and the opportunity of (finishing in) the top four."

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