Emery blames Pepe after Arsenal defeat

Emery blames Pepe after Arsenal defeat

Unai Emery feels Arsenal 1-0 loss to Sheffield United narrows down to Nicolas Pepe's first-half miss. 

Arsenal suffered a shock 1-0 defeat in the hands of Sheffield on Monday night and Unai feels Pepe's first-half miss proved decisive. The summer signing had the chance of putting the Gunners ahead after the ball was placed in front of him by Sead Kolasinac when the scores were 0-0 but his attempted tap in went off target. The hosts took full advantage, with Lys Mousset turning the ball home in the 30th minute following a corner for what proved to be the winning goal.

"That was the key I think because if that [Pepe’s chance] goes in – they are the team in the Premier League who have conceded least goals with Liverpool, seven only," he said. 

"And if they score the first goal then defensively they are very strong and they defended very well in the second half." 

"It’s not easy to create the chances, but I think we controlled the ball more in the [better] positions. I think we deserved more. I don’t think we deserved to lose the match, but I appreciate [Sheffield United’s] work and I appreciate they are here with their supporters." 

Arsenal will now turn their attention to Europa League on Thursday when they host Vitória Sport Clube at the Emirates. 

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