Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says the team were not efficient enough in their finishing against Manchester City.
The Gabon international started up front for the Gunners as they suffered an opening day defeat to City at the Emirates Stadium.
It was far from an ideal start to the Unai Emery era, with the Spaniard taking charge of his first competitive game for the club and failing to prevent a 2-0 defeat in which City looked by far the better side.
It will of course take time for Emery after replacing Arsene Wenger, who had been in charge of Arsenal for 22 years before leaving at the end of last season.
And besides, Aubameyang suggests it was far more down to the players than anything the manager said before the game.
The 29-year-old feels Arsenal started poorly and weren’t clinical enough with their chances and that that was key in deciding the result of the game.
“We created some chances but unfortunately we lacked efficiency up front. We will have to work on this. We have to be more clinical in our last pass and the finishing,” he told ESPN.
“We knew it was never going to be easy against a team like Manchester City for the first game of the season. We knew what to expect. We didn’t start well. We lacked a bit of character at the beginning of the game. In the second half, it was a bit better.”