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Angry Emery forced to apologise as Gunners bottle it

Brighton 1 Arsenal 1

Jurgen Locadia
Jurgen Locadia

By Robert Jones

Unai Emery has apologised after kicking a water bottle against a Brighton supporter towards the end of Arsenal's 1-1 draw at Brighton.

The Gunners manager spoke to the fan immediately and then again at the final whistle.

He said: "I said to them apologies because I kicked the bottle after a disappointing action for us in the last minutes. It wasn't hard, but it touched one supporter for them. I said to them I'm sorry."

Emery had been left frustrated by his side's second-half display when they failed to restore the lead given to them by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's fourth-minute goal.

A mistake by Arsenal right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner had allowed Jurgen Locadia to equalise in the 35th minute and Emery admitted his side had fallen short. "I think the key today was the first 45 minutes," he said. "We controlled the match like we want, we scored and had two good chances from Aubameyang to get the second - but their keeper saved.

"But then they equalised. From then, it gave us the second half to try again to control the match, create chances and be able to win - but we didn't do that."

Emery introduced Alex Iwobi in place of Mesut Ozil at half-time and then replaced Alexandre Lacazette with Aaron Ramsey just after the hour.

"Tactically some matches I did that (changed the game with his substitutions)," said Emery

"I wanted to control better the positioning on the pitch, but in the second half we couldn't do our ideas on the pitch to impose. We created less chances in the second half.

"It was only tactical (to take off Ozil). We did before, in other matches, also change the idea from the first half with other players."

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