ARSENAL went down to an abject 1-0 defeat at Sheffield United on Monday and must now prepare for Vitoria in the Europa League tonight.
Unai Emery's Gunners remain outside the top four after missing the chance to go third, with Pepe fluffing a sitter from inside the six yard box.
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UNAI EMERY has accused Arsenal fans of having short memories and forgetting their results before he arrived.
The frustrated Emirates boss came out swinging after the verbal mauling he took for Monday’s damaging 1-0 defeat at Sheffield United.
And he claims his team are in far better shape than they were 18 months ago when he was drafted in to replace Arsene Wenger.
Spaniard Emery said: “We need to remember what things were like when I arrived here because some people seem to have forgotten.
“This team in its history won many times 1-0 and was very competitive — but that wasn’t enough for some supporters.
“So then they changed the process and they improved the creativity and when I arrived here that aspect was more or less good.
“But the team was not competitive enough and that was something that needed to be improved. I think in the last year I have started to make this team more competitive, while also playing some very good matches with more energy and intensity.”
ARSENAL have begun talks to sign Dani Ceballos on a permanent basis but have so far found Real Madrid's asking price too high.
Reports in Spain detail a £25million bid by the Gunners that has been rejected.
Real want £30m, according to El Desmarque, which would double their money having signed the midfielder from Real Betis over two years ago.
It is said on-loan Ceballos wants to stick around in North London having finally found first-team football away from Madrid.
Unai Emery continues to rotate him in and out the side though with it fair to say the Spaniard has not hit top form for the Gunners – although the club are very keen to do a deal.
JOHN FLECK has downplayed beating Arsenal by admitting Sheffield United have “tougher games to come”.
The Blades won 1-0 on Monday thanks to Lys Mousset’s goal.
But in a damning indictment of Unai Emery’s Arsenal, Fleck thinks bigger challenges await.
The midfielder, 28, said: “We’ve done well so far but we know there are tougher games to come.
“We move on to a difficult game against West Ham. For us it’s just the same every week.
“There will still be difficult moments this season but against Arsenal we got our rewards.”
MESUT OZIL appeared to have a tense talk with Unai Emery at the training ground after he was dropped for the defeat to Sheffield United.
The German midfielder, 31, has been left out of Arsenal's last four matchday squads after falling out of favour under the Spaniard.
And the pair seemed to have a frosty chat at London Colney ahead of Thursday's Europa League clash against Vitoria SC.
After they shook hands, the pair strolled away from the rest of the squad in order to continue their conversation in private.
Both kept a straight face until Dani Ceballos, Matteo Guendouzi and Robert Pires came over to shake hands with the gaffer.
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