Arsenal boss Unai Emery has said that he is optimistic of starting with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe in the frontline sooner rather than later. The Gunners boss has restricted from utilising the trio from the starting lineup and they have shared the field together for just 36 minutes in the opening three games of the season.
Speaking in a press conference, Emery said that he is thinking about the possibility of fielding the trio from the starting XI, although he did not confirm the same, he told: “Yes, but be calm. My decision in each moment is thinking about how we are. For example, with Lacazette he had a problem with his ankle This week is the best week of the last three weeks.
Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock has said that he is leaving the dream of playing for the club after becoming a regular member of the first-team squad this term. The youngster has been in the fold over the past few campaigns but he has not been able to secure regular first-team football when it came to the Premier League.
However, there appear a change in the same with manager Unai Emery rewarding with successive league starts against Newcastle United and Burnley to start the season and the latter of those witnessed him play through the entire 90 minutes. Speaking after the Clarets game, Willock acknowledged that he is delighted to earn regular gametime under Unai Emery while sharing the same playing field with close friend Reiss Nelson, he said: “It shows how good the academy is. We’re all coming from the same place, Hale End, and we’re all progressing. To play alongside my closest friend in Reiss is amazing – it’s a dream come true. I’m just living my dream.”
Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos has revealed that Arsenal manager Unai Emery has played a key part in luring him to the north London side this summer. The Spain international had found himself at the midst of a battle between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur for his signature but ultimately, he decided to join the Gunners on loan after receiving assurances of regular gametime under Emery.
Speaking to the club’s official website, he said: “I knew I had the confidence of the coach, which was very important for me from the start. I was aware of the responsibility that wearing this shirt entails and it was a tremendously proud moment when I decided to join Arsenal. The coach was the turning point in terms of me joining this massive club. He’s a Spanish coach and he knows me from my time at other clubs. I’m really happy to be able to help Arsenal achieve our objectives.”
Former Arsenal star Lee Dixon believes Mesut Ozil does not look hungry since signing a new contract during the backend of last season. The German footballer has been in-and-out of the starting lineup under Unai Emery during the current campaign and this has recently generated doubts regarding his long-term future with the club.
In a report covered by The Sun, Dixon has said that Ozil may have been affected following the contract extension last year, where he was made one of the highest-paid players in the division. He added that the midfielder’s performances have not been up to the mark and there has been an evident lack of hunger when compared to recent seasons.
Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that Mesut Ozil may be in a comfort zone at the Gunners after penning a new long-term deal last year. The former Germany international had been in a contract saga with the Gunners for the best part of 12 months but he managed to end the speculation by penning a fresh three-year deal 12 months ago.
However, this has not quite translated into consistent performances on the playing field and under Unai Emery this season, he has genuinely struggled for gametime. Speaking to Sportsmole, Wenger has said the length of the contract has nothing to do with the selection process and in Ozil’s case, he may have gone into a comfort zone after the contract extension.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery has indicated that Denis Suarez has not joined the Gunners necessary to replace Mesut Ozil. The Spain international joined the north London side after a lengthy transfer saga on deadline day and he is scheduled to make his debut against former employers Manchester City this weekend.
Speaking to reporters, Emery was asked whether the arrival of Suarez could impact the position of Ozil but he replied in the negative by stating that the former was recruited to bolster the options in the wider areas, he said: “It’s no change for him. [Suarez] is coming here because we have a lot of problems on the wing, we haven’t got players to play right or left – that is the reason. He’s a player with quality and I think he can help us with his quality, and also his ambition to do something important here. It’s a good challenge for him to help us.”
The representative of Mesut Ozil has indicated that the midfielder has no intention of leaving Arsenal anytime soon. The German has been regularly linked with a potential departure from the Gunners amid his reduced gametime under Unai Emery but his agent Dr ErkutSogut has now dismissed the speculation.
Speaking to Goal.com, Sogut said that he does not like to speak on Ozil’s future in public but he has been made to have a say after the constant speculation surrounding the German footballer, he quipped: “I would prefer not to speak publicly about Mesut’s situation, but given the recent speculation linking him with a move away from Arsenal, I do feel it is important to provide some clarity so we can end this and focus on football.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery has said that he is pleased with the performance of his team during Saturday’s 1-1 Premier League draw versus Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners had come into the game with a 13-match unbeaten run across all competitions and they managed to stay competent with the Reds for the entire 90 minutes.
Both teams had equal chances to find the scoresheet in the first period and it was James Milner who opened the scoring for the Reds before the hour mark after a slight misjudgement from goalkeeper Bernd Leno. Thereafter, the Gunners picked up pace to find the equaliser and they eventually levelled the scores in the final 10 minutes after a brilliant curling effort from Alexandre Lacazette shortly after beating Alisson Becker to the ball.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery has indicated that he would like to assess the team’s performance on a game-by-game basis rather than speaking about a potential challenge for the Premier League title. The north Londoners began the season with back-to-back losses against Manchester City and Chelsea but they have since made a sublime recovery which sees them just two points behind the lead of the table.
Based on this, there have been some assumptions that the Gunners could compete for the Premier League crown but Emery has refused to get into such discussion by admitting his team are not the best at the moment, he said: “Each match is our focus. Our focus is Sunday. If you win or lose on Sunday, it’s a very different moment after.
Manchester United legend-turned-pundit Gary Neville is pleased that Arsenal have chosen Unai Emery for the managerial role but remains surprised with the urgency with which the decision was made. Until Sunday, Mikel Arteta had been touted as the favourite for the Gunners job after allegedly agreeing on a three-year deal but the club have since made a surprise U-turn to discuss terms with Emery instead.
Reacting to the news, Neville replied to The Mirror’s John Cross saying: “He’s a brilliant coach John. Late change in the process?They’ve bounced all over the place on it! However,he’s a good appointment for Arsenal…the process a mess. You must have been hearing what was going on. Like a pinball…anyway the end result is a very good coach.”