Unai Emery will be without four players for the trip to Bournemouth

Unai Emery will be without four players for the trip to Bournemouth

It still feels like English football is in the introductory stage of its relationship with Unai Emery, but with each passing week the picture of the Arsenal head coach is brought into sharper focus. Sixteen matches, we've not lost, it's good.

The 90 minutes bit is what we have not been doing this season, except maybe against Liverpool, and we must hope that the Boss has the team keen to start quickly in this crucial game. But in the balance we also need to be better in defensive moments. "I talked with a lot of people who had interacted with him in his time and it was very reassuring".

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The Gunners slipped out of Champions League contention towards the end of Arsene Wenger's iconic reign, with the Frenchman unable to deliver elite European competition in his last two seasons. Arsenal was in decline.

Arsenal manager Unai Emery says he is constantly challenging Mesut Ozil to produce high-quality performances on a more consistent basis. We had to stop it and start climbing.

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Emery also said the players had a long way to go, despite the good start, and any information Wenger had given him wasn't used, adding, "I met once with him, and little else". Always positive. I did not find one element of criticism. "We came to an Arsenal that hadn't beaten any of the Top 6, and while we still haven't done so yet, they also struggled to win away from home at all, and we have already improved in that area". "Within that we want to see individual footballers growing and developing".

"And with Mesut, a big player, we need to continue working to hold that high level of quality in each match". "I gave him [Guendouzi] the chance first, which I was delighted about, but now he's not playing as much and Lucas is". "Top four with some trophies would be a very successful season". Speak to enough people at the club about his all-consuming work ethic and it would not be hard to imagine Emery curled up on his office floor every night, watching re-runs of last week's match over and over again.

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