Sporting Lisbon vs Arsenal: What Unai Emery told his players at half time

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Arsenal manager, Unai Emery, has revealed what he told his players during the interval, to inspire them to a 1-0 win over Sporting Lisbon on Thursday night.

Danny Welbeck struck in the 76th minute, after capitalising on a mistake from former Liverpool defender, Sebastian Coates.

The victory extended Arsenal’s winning run to 11 matches in all competitions and puts them on the brink of qualification to the Europa League group stages.

A win had looked unlikely after a poor first half from the Gunners.

“When we were in the dressing room at half-time we spoke and said “OK we cannot impose our game in first 45 minutes, but the second half we have the opportunity to change the result and continue in our way”, thinking only of winning this match and improving things in the second half.

“I think the team did that in the second 45 minutes. But we need to continue finding the solution for the first half to be better,” Emery told reporters after the game.

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