Unai Emery on Burnley, Ozil, Lacazette and denies diving

22 December 2018 23:04 GMT

Arsenal manager Unai Emery was pleased to return back to winning ways with a 3-1 win at the Emirates against Burnley in the premier league with the Spaniard in his press conference talking about Ozil, Burnley performance and accusation of diving.

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Arsenal went ahead with Kolasinac finding at the back post Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who placed his shot into the bottom corner and adding another before Ashley Barnes but Alex Iwobi secured the points from Ozil’s flick in added time.

Unai Emery on Burnley: They are a very organised team with one very, very clear characteristic in their game plan. But we respect that and also, we need to adapt for these moments: long balls, second actions and duels with the body. He told the club website

“They are more physical than us, that’s normal, but we knew these situations in the game in the 90 minutes and we wanted to impose our moments with possession, with good movement on the pitch, moving the ball quickly from one side to the other and progressing with combinations and attacking play in their half”.

on the accusation of diving…
No. I do not agree.No. It’s not my spirit. Diving, I think, is not correct.

on Mesut Ozil starting and captaining the side…
Very good response. I think he played like we needed, today. His skills, his commitment with us today was very good and he helped us. I spoke yesterday with you in the press conference, we need Mesut Ozil and like today, he was there for us.

on Lacazette’s reaction to being substituted
I didn’t see that, but I think he is happy with our victory. Only he wanted to score and when a striker doesn’t score, I like that he can be angry with his situation. But he worked very well today. For me, the last matches are the best he has played. He is coming back as the best Lacazette to help us.

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