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Tierney calls on Arsenal players to fix rut

Defender backs under-fire boss Emery

08 November, 2019

KIERAN Tierney has jumped to the defence of under-fire Gunners boss Unai Emery, saying that it’s up to the players to tackle Arsenal’s poor run of form.

Emery’s side have suffered four consecutive draws in all competitions and have won just two of their last nine Premier League fixtures.

A 1-1 draw in the Europa League against Vitoria in Portugal on Wednesday heaped more pressure on the Spaniard, but Tierney is adamant that the players still believe in their head coach.

Quizzed on whether Emery was still the right man to turn things around, Tierney said: “Yes, of course. It is up to us as players to correct it on the pitch. For me, he [Emery] has been brilliant since I’ve come in.

“I have learned a lot. I am learning a lot every day, playing with great players. Everybody in the changing room has got belief in each other and the manager.”

Tierney is still very much a fresh face at Arsenal having only joined the club from Celtic in the summer.

He has made just two appearances in the Premier League having arrived in north London with a groin injury. However, that hasn’t stopped him from already being “a better player” than when he left the Scottish champions.

Tierney added: “The players around me are making me a better player. I am learning and I am enjoying every week.

“He [Emery] likes to keep the ball, pass the ball with a possession type game and for me I am just learning and working on my technique.

“I am working on passing and crossing – everything in general. I am working with the coaches as well, so just all round I am learning.”

Meanwhile Emery revealed this week that he stripped Granit Xhaka of the captaincy in a bid to “protect” him – handing the armband Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Xhaka hasn’t featured for the Gunners since clashing with his own fans during the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace, when he left the field waving his arms at the crowd, cupping his ear towards them and mouthing obscenities as he was cheered off by some home supporters.

Emery told Arsenal’s website: “I think we need to take time with him, first to protect him and also to be calm and training with us every day.

“But I was speaking with him, and I decided he’s not one of the captains in our group.”

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