Emery aims high for Arsenal - And why not?

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       Jamie Redknapp says Unai Emery has cast aside Arsenal’s tag as a soft touch since taking over as head coach

0:55 Jamie Redknapp says Unai Emery has cast aside Arsenal’s tag as a soft touch since taking over as head coach

Both sides will be looking to register a when they face off in English Premier League.

"Today I was speaking in the dressing room with the players for half an hour, different things, tactically and other things", the ex-Paris Saint-Germain boss stated. Even now, four months later, I still say it: "We are in the beginning!"

After having a huge amount of success in the early part of his spell the Gunners failed to win the Premier League from 2004 until he left, winning three FA Cups in four years after nine years without a trophy.

"But our first idea is get the position in Europe and to play in the Champions League".

Arsenal manager Unai Emery insists his side can match the performances of Premier League champions Manchester City and believes they must channel Liverpool's recent revival. "We are going to work in each training and each match to be closer to the top four".

Jefferson Lerma volleys an own goal to put Arsenal 1-0 up at Bournemouth
Jefferson Lerma volleys an own goal to put Arsenal 1-0 up at Bournemouth

"Both are very hard, but we want to ensure we perform the best we can on both fronts".

"I (was) thinking I need to change something but above all it is my characteristic and personality as a coach".

Emery said he has met Wenger once since being appointed his replacement and while he "has a lot of respect" for his predecessor, he insists changes had to be made. "I gave him [Guendouzi] the chance first, which I was delighted about, but now he's not playing as much and Lucas is". "Wenger was, for example, more about pure football, about players".

"That's a good example for us - maybe we cannot do the same, because it's very, very hard and they worked very well with [Jurgen] Klopp to get to this, but the difference between us and other teams now - Liverpool, Man City, Chelsea - we can reach the same level as them".

"I learned in my past not [to feel] under pressure". "We need to be demanding and here I want every player to be at that high level. It isn't under pressure, we are demanding every day".

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It is hard to get information about it but in training he is completely normal - in good shape, looks sharp, looks focused. Of course, it's not something you want to be involved in. "We have to make a few decisions, obviously".

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