Unai Emery Lavished Praise on Arsenal Players Despite 3-2 Defeat at Stamford Bridge

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Unai Emery has stressed that he is “happy” with Arsenal’s performance against Chelsea seeing his side fall to a 3-2 loss in West London club.

Spanish forward Pedro put the Blues ahead after nine minutes before Alvaro Morata doubled the Blues victory with a smart finish in the 20th minute of the game.

Arsenal then drew level before the half-time as Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan has found back of the net within four minutes of each other, however, the game was ultimately settled by Marcos Alonso’s 81st-minute game-winner after Eden Hazard setted-up a goal for Spaniard.

“We want to win,” Emery told BT Sport. “That is always the way but it is clear that defensively we conceded three goals but also we had chances to get more goals.

“In the first half we are creating chances to score, and for that I am happy, I am in the match thinking we are [doing] well on the pitch. But also they had options, chances to score and effectiveness is the difference.

“Our reaction is good, we had chances to go 2-2 and we deserved to do more at half time. I think the second half we didn’t push and keep possession like we did in the first half, and in our moments, our chances, we didn’t do, and they did.

“That is why the result is 3-2. But it is one process. In the second half we played with two midfielders, 19 and 21 years old. They improve and are continuing. I am happy without the result.”

The Gunners are back in action next Saturday with a home game for another London derby with West Ham United and Emery hopes to secure their first victory at Emirates Stadium.