Emery reveals his biggest worry about Arsenal after loss at West Ham

Arsenal boss Unai Emery has admitted to being concerned by the club’s away form following a 1-0 Premier League defeat at West Ham United on Saturday. The Gunners have not won in five away Premier League matches, giving the coach cause for concern after their latest defeat. Declan Rice’s 48th-minute goal subjected the Gunners to a fifth consecutive away fixture without a win in the league – a run that includes three losses.

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The visitors failed to truly test goalkeeper and former Arsenal man, Lukasz Fabianski, at London Stadium and Emery knows his side must find a cure for their travel sickness. “It is disappointing, it is a concern,” he said. “We need to be competitive both home and away. Away we are not taking the results we want. We had to do more today to impose ourselves. If we can be better in the 90 minutes – competitive and quality – we can do it.”

Emery, who decided to leave out playmaker Mesut Ozil from the matchday squad altogether despite the club’s highest paid player being fully fit, added: “We lost the ball a lot in the middle. We could improve in the second, but their goal changed the game. They did good work in defence.”