Emery targets must-win encounter
Arsenal's game at Huddersfield on Saturday is a must-win one for the side, according to boss Unai Emery.
The Gunners have won four games on the road so far since the Spaniard took charge last summer and have struggled away from the Emirates Stadium for some time.
A 2-1 win at Bournemouth on November 25 was the last time Emery's side took three points on the road - and he wants that to be addressed at struggling Huddersfield.
Asked if the Terriers' own poor form meant this game was must-win, Emery replied: "Yes.
"We started very well away, changing our mentality, but now we need to recover this confidence, to recover this performance and the next opportunity is Saturday against Huddersfield.
"But it is difficult. These matches are difficult and they are playing for the possibility to continue in the Premier League.
"Their last results have not been good but with their new coach (Jan Siewert), I am sure that they are going to play with a big ambition and a big performance on Saturday.
"I think they have good players with a good organisation. They push a lot and I know it will be difficult. For us as well, away games have been a challenge and each match is a new challenge."
The loss at City saw Arsenal outplayed for much of the contest, with some supporters taking to social media to criticise the team - as well as Emery's tactics.
A number even went as far as to call for Emery to be sacked as the 47-year-old faced the largest wave of negativity since his appointment.
"My first critic is always myself," he added.
"I work over the criticisms of me because I know that work in the present can change our way. How we are doing at home and away, we are with the possibility and the opportunity of (finishing in) the top four."
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