Ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Leicester City on Monday night, Unai Emery has revealed that he is markedly wary of the devastating capabilities Jamie Vardy has at his disposal in front of the target.
The Gunners have won their last nine competitive fixtures in all competitions and are one of Europe’s most prolific outfits under the Spaniard’s command. However the former Paris Saint-Germain boss is aware of the Foxes’ potency in the final third, with the former England international being the damaging focal point in Claude Puel’s set-up.
The north-Londoners’ defensive quarters will need to be organised, observant and resilient at the Emirates if they’re to stunt Vardy’s influence upon proceedings. Speaking to the media (via London Football News), Emery said:
“He’s a very good player. I think his talent and speed is for us to control on Monday,
“We will want on Monday not to give him the possibility to continue to score against us.”
Arsenal are in fine fettle, chasing a tenth consecutive triumph, and Emery’s innovative structure has transformed the squad into a slick offensive machine. However the 46-year-old believes that his efficient fold are still a work in progress.
“I am not agreeing totally with the response of the supporters,” he added.
“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.”