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Unai Emery disappointed at Arsenal conceding late on against Vorskla Poltava

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Cary Erickson | 21 September, 2018, 14:55

Since Emery took over as Gunners manager from Arsene Wenger, Arsenal have conceded in each of their six matches this season.

The Gunners got their continental quest off to a flawless start on Thursday with a 4-2 victory over Vorskla Poltava.

And Emery admitted his team must break their habit of conceding sloppy goals after Ukrainian outfit Vorskla became the latest side to expose their defensive problems.

It's disappointing that the forward won't be able to make a return to Anfield just yet, but given that he has scored three goals already this season, it might be a good thing that the Reds don't come face to face with an in-form Ings.

'To take a mentality of not conceding easy chances [is important]. Fate is what it is, and today's match shows us what we're aiming for.

'I hope we can do well in the next few games. It can't be a coincidence that we were cruising at 3-0 when he left the field last night before conceding two late goals to see the match end 4-2.

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"They probably don't want to say that publicly but I would imagine given they haven't won it for 28 years that would be one thing that they would like to put to bed and win if they can".

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a goal in each half, with Mkhitaryan laying on his second and a header from Danny Welbeck before substitute Mesut Ozil got in on the act.

Unai Emery handed a debut to goalkeeper Bernd Leno, who joined the Gunners from Bayer Leverkusen, while Stephan Lichsteiner, Lucas Torreira and Henrikh Mkhitaryan returned to the line up.

'Well, Lucas is playing with his progress on the team and on our ideas, our performance with a passion and with a performance, ' he said.

And he said one moment in particular, where the 22-year-old threw his head into a challenge on the floor, reminded him of himself when he played.

'And for Leno it's the first match also.