Emery reveals pressing concern after Gunners beat PSG 5-1

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Unai Emery challenged his Arsenal stars to improve their pressing game in spite of a convincing 5-1 friendly win over Paris Saint-Germain in Singapore.

There was plenty of cause for optimism in the incisive attacking play against an inexperienced PSG side, with Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah all getting on the score sheet and the Gunners showing real menace on counter-attacks, particularly through the explosive Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

However there were moments when youngsters such as Timothy Weah and Christopher Nkunku managed to slip in behind the Arsenal backline.
Former Sevilla and PSG boss Emery is eager to introduce a more proactive defence at Arsenal and press more consistently than his side did under his predecessor Wenger, where pressing was rarely as organised and unified as the Spaniard wants it to be.

“In the first half, we played good football with quality players but I wanted to do the pressing better,” Emery said. “We had this pressing with the young players later.

“The first idea is that we are working without the ball and on the pressing.

“It was only the first match for Mesut [Ozil], Mo Elneny and Alex Iwobi.

“We only did one day tactical session this week. We looked at videos for movement and positioning.”

Though Emery saw room for improvement in their performance against a PSG side with just three senior players, including summer signing Gianluigi Buffon, there were evident signs of progress in the convincing victory, which followed on from a 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid.

 Arsenal have friendlies against Chelsea and Lazio to play before they begin the Premier League season at home to Manchester City and Hector Bellerin is seeing signs of progress.
 “It’s all about learning the new system, about getting used to each other again and used to the new players,” he said.

“It felt like things were clicking more today. Slowly we are coming more together – training every day with the new concepts we have is working better.”

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