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‘We can’t let our heads drop, we have to push on’

Alex Iwobi on the charge at Southampton

After not losing for almost four months in all competitions, our unbeaten run came to a frustrating end at St Mary’s on Sunday afternoon.

After our defeat at Southampton, Alex Iwobi spoke to the media - and here’s what he said.

on the result...
I guess we weren't concentrating throughout the 90 minutes. We had spells where we weren't defending well as a group. It's something we have to dust ourselves down from and keep on going. We can't let our heads drop from this defeat, we just have to push on to the next match.

on Southampton...
Of course, they deserve some credit. They had a gameplan and they stuck to it and did well against us. But it's disappointing from us and we have to keep going again.

on the end of the unbeaten run and what his feelings are...
Frustration that it's over. We had a lot of chances to win this game, I believe. But we have to give ourselves a bit of credit that we were able to go on this unbeaten run and now we have to start over again.

on how we react to this defeat...
We have to react well, we have to keep on going. It's a bit unfortunate that there were a couple of injuries but we have to keep on going and keep on fighting throughout the season.

The Breakdown

Analysis: What went wrong at Southampton?

Our 22-match unbeaten run came to an end when we were beaten 3-2 at Southampton on Sunday.

In the latest episode of The Breakdown, Adrian Clarke analyses the match in more detail and focuses on:

  • What we did wrong in the first half
  • Where we improved after the break
  • Our missed chances
  • Lucas Torreira's positive performance

Press conference

What's the latest on Hector Bellerin?

Hector Bellerin

What's the latest news on Hector Bellerin's fitness?

Our right back limped off at the end of the first half in our 3-2 defeat to Southampton on Sunday and Unai Emery provided an update to the media.

"We are going to wait tomorrow and Tuesday, and Wednesday we are going play, and then Saturday also," our head coach said.

"We need every player. Bellerin has a small injury - he is going to be some weeks off I think.

"Sokratis is coming back and we will see how Mustafi and Kolasinac are, and it is good news Koscielny can be with us for the next matches. It is not a good result but it was important for us [to have them back]."


Leno - This is the life of a goalkeeper

Bernd Leno fails to prevent from Charlie Austin from scoring

Bernd Leno has spoken frankly about his part in the goal that ended our long unbeaten streak on Sunday.

Our goalkeeper has been outstanding since making his Premier League debut against Watford at the end of September, but he made a rare error at St Mary’s. Bernd got fingertips on Shane Long’s cross but couldn’t divert the ball away from Charlie Austin’s head.

“The last goal was a little bit unlucky for me,” said Bernd. “I wanted to get the cross because Austin was completely free and it was so close.

“No risk, no fun. Maybe next time I will get the ball or I will stay on the line, look at the ball and then nobody says ‘you came out and didn’t get the ball’. That’s the life of a goalkeeper but I would do it again.”

Bernd’s proactivity has been a strength for us this season, but Sunday wasn’t his day. He accepts that we made too many errors against Southampton and felt the effect of multiple changes in defence.

“We came back twice and I think we controlled the game, but we made too many mistakes, too many easy mistakes, and that was the reason we didn’t get a draw or win the game,” said the Germany international.

“It was not easy defensively because this line of defence didn’t play together before. We have a big squad so we have many players who can play in defence or at centre back, so hopefully it won’t be a problem. I hope there will be no more injuries.

“After 22 games you can lose a game, so it is disappointing but now nobody talks anymore about the unbeaten run and we can look forward. We have Spurs on Wednesday - another big game - and maybe now we can start another unbeaten run.”

Press conference

Emery's press conference: every last word

Unai Emery

Unai Emery was in philosophical mood after our unbeaten run came to an end with a 3-2 defeat at Southampton on Sunday.

Afterwards our head coach faced the media and discussed the performance, Hector Bellerin's fitness and more.

Read on for a full transcript:

on the unbeaten run coming to an end…
We could lose and we lost. In the 90 minutes we had different issues in the first and the second half. In the second half we were better with control in the game and creating more chances than them, controlling the transitions. But with a very small action they scored the goal. Also they deserve it. They played with very big motivation, with the supporters pushing. Our game today was very similar to how we have played before, but the result is different.

on defensive shortages…
But I think they worked very well. It was very good news for Koscielny, a very good performance over 90 minutes. Physically, he could play the 90 minutes. Other players, like Xhaka played very well, and Lichtsteiner also. We conceded not many chances for them, but their efficiency was good. We also had chances to score more than the two goals but we didn’t score. Maybe the difference is this. The control in the game over 90 minutes is more for us than them. We need to continue improving details, because three times we conceded chances.

on Bellerin’s injury…
We are going to wait tomorrow and Tuesday, and Wednesday we are going play, and then Saturday also. We need every player. Bellerin has a small injury - he is going to be some weeks off I think. Sokratis is coming back and we will see how Mustafi and Kolasinac are, and it is good news Koscielny can be with us for the next matches. It is not a good result but it was important for us [to have them back].

on whether he could make signings in January…
I don’t know now, because we don’t have a lot of possibility in January but if we can [we will find] someone to help us. But only if we think they are the player than can help us with good performance. January is not good for this reason, but we are going to look and the club is working for this in January. Our progress is also with young players and we need to give them more chances to play and show us their progress. But also for our big demands, we need a high level on the pitch and in the squad.

on if money is available…
It is not easy, I don’t believe a lot in this transfer window because it is not a very big possibility with the players. The club is working only if some players can help us with a high level or better than [what we have].

on the three goals conceded…
It’s true we need to improve and concede less chances to the opposition. Only when we analyse this match can we take a more real opinion about the goals we conceded. One reality is we need to improve and concede less. We are scoring a lot, we are second in the table for goals scored, but we have also conceded a lot - at least more than we want for our objective.

on bouncing back quickly after defeat…
Our demands are very big and the level is very high with other teams. If we don’t win, like today, we cannot be in the top four. But other teams are winning. We need to do our way and build up the team in one process. The objective is the top four, but we know it’s not easy as the other teams are at a high level. We need to be very demanding of ourselves, as we are. After 22 matches unbeaten, we didn’t lose but were only in fifth position in the table, because other teams are doing very well.


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