Unai Emery insisted it is too early for supporters to sing “We’ve got our Arsenal back” despite the Gunners going after their tenth successive win against Leicester City on Monday night.
The chant rang out at the end of Arsenal’s 5-1 win at Fulham prior to the international break which sent them into fourth place in the Premier League, two points behind Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool at the top.
The Gunners have not won ten in a row since 2007 but when asked about the fans’ song and his impact since replacing Arsene Wenger in the summer, head coach Emery said: “I am not agreeing totally with the response of the supporters. I think we need to improve a lot. I think we have to continue doing a lot of the things to get better.
“Our demands need to be very high. The supporters can enjoy it with us but also we’re speaking with our reality every day. We need to improve because for example the match against Fulham was a very good result and a very good game for 90 minutes. But in the first 45 minutes I thought we needed to do better.“If we are remembering the last match at the Emirates [against Watford], we won but not playing like we want, with the control against the opposition. For me now, the most important thing is not to rush.
“The next game against Leicester is very big, very difficult. Leicester are a very good team and play with a clear identity under Claude Puel. They are very competitive, have very good players and we need every single player, and our mentality together to be stronger than in the last match.”
Emery revealed Petr Cech is back in training following a hamstring problem but Sokratis Papastathopoulos remains a doubt with an ankle issue. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang returned early from international duty with Gabon – reportedly due to a reluctance to board a chartered flight over fears it did not meet the “standards required for top athletes” – and played 45 minutes against the Under 23s in a training match on Friday.