Unai Emery urges consistency while Arsenal pushes for the first four


The Gunners boss has challenged his players as they try to rediscover their best form

The boss of Arsenal Unai Emery has urged his players to show more consistency in order to get back on track their first four challenges.

The Gunners have embarked on an unbeatable run of 22 games at the start of the season, but their form is stuttered by a 3-2 defeat at Southampton on December 16th.

Emery's team have lost seven games out of 15 in all competitions since then, a race that saw them throw out of both national cups.

The away team has been a particular concern, with the only away victories of the away Gunners in their last nine games against the Huddersfield club and the League One Blackpool in the FA Cup.

The North London club beat BATE Borisov 3-0 at Emirates Stadium on Thursday to complete the 3-1 aggregate victory and move to the Europa League in the first knockout round.

Emery was impressed by his team's exposure to the Belarussian side and challenged them to maintain that level of performance in upcoming games.

"I think we must also create a good feeling with our supporters, a good atmosphere here, giving them our energy, giving them our quality and both are very important Quality, energy, intensity and I want to develop with this ability in our team ", said Emery.

"We are doing, I think here more than far from home, but consistency is my goal with this team in this condition.

"We want to take this intensity a lot … At home here, we have created this, we are very demanding for every player to press, to push for 90 minutes and to give the opposition 90 minutes hard, 90 minutes hard here.

"We did it here [against BATE] and we have lots of games but every game is a new chapter, a new challenge and on Sunday I prefer to change some players if I know they will give us this intensity on Sunday.

"Usually, we have players who have not played in the previous game and can help us on Sunday."

Despite European progress, Emery insists that the Premier League remains her main goal.

The Gunners are currently fifth in the standings ahead of Sunday's game against Southampton, just one point behind Manchester United in fourth.

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"For us, the Premier League is the first competition and we are fighting with Manchester United, with Chelsea in the same position," added Emery.

"Sunday is again a great challenge against Southampton, here, I want to fight here with our supporters regularly in every game and with a great performance and on our development and that's why Sunday is very important.

"We will play after three days, even after we play on Wednesday, so we will need every player, we need every player to be the center of attention for us, to help us in every game."