Arsenal boss Unai Emery was pleased with his side’s response as they began 2019 with a 4-1 victory over Fulham.
The Gunners went into Tuesday’s match at the Emirates Stadium on the back of a 5-1 hammering at the hands of Liverpool, but goals from Granit Xhaka, Alexandre Lacazette, Aaron Ramsey and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang helped them return to winning ways.
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There were some nervy moments for Arsenal when the game was still goalless, while Aboubakar Kamara’s second-half goal did briefly reduce the arrears to 2-1.
Emery conceded after the match that his side did not have things all their own way although he was pleased by their overall performance. “We worked well. We wanted to win like this. It’s a good result, we need to take confidence here with a match like today,” Emery said.
“We struggled in some moments, but the team continued to push and create chances. We can be happy today. “It’s normal at 2-1 there can be some doubt, but we continued to show confidence. The team continued to work and kept to their plan.”
The former Paris Saint-Germain boss was particularly pleased to see four different players get on the scoresheet.
He added: “We can score with different players – it’s good. We can continue creating our identity with different players and different systems.”