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Emery speaks ahead of Europa League opener

Posted on September 19, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal are set to face Ukranian side Vorskla at the Emirates in their first European game of the season on Thursday evening, and manager Unai Emery spoke to the press ahead of the clash.

Changes in the team?

Although, like every season, Arsenal play in four competitions, the best 11 players will take to the pitch as the manager believes it’s all about improving both tactically and individually at this point. It seemed as Emery was announcing a line-up pretty much the same as the one he’s been fielding in the Premier League, but then he made things a bit clearer.

How will Arsenal approach the game?

It’s about giving the supporters a good game to watch and the manager believes the players are excited about every game. But he said there will be changes, and it will also be about giving players an opportunity to clock up some minutes on the pitch.

The aim?

Emery wants to win this competition. He pointed out that Arsenal played European finals in 2000 and 2006, and he expressed his desire to go a step further and actually win the trophy. And not just this one, but every trophy, every competition Arsenal take part in.

On Ivan Gazidis

The Spaniard said he and the former CEO were very close in the past three months. They talked about lots of work-related matters and he considers Gazidis to be a ‘big person, a professional person’, who has made a personal decision which he respects. He also feels the club will still remain in good hands.

Lichtsteiner takes over

At this point, Stephan Lichtsteiner took his turn to speak. He first revealed he wasn’t used to sitting on the bench for more that three consecutive games and expressed uncertainty about how he would deal with it. He also said he had learned from his days with Juventus that every competition needs to be respected and even though it’s not the Champions League, the Europa League is still a nice chance for a trophy.

Lichtsteiner played down his rivalry with Hector Bellerin for the right-back spot, and added that it wasn’t about Hector vs Stephan, but rather about Hector and Stephan for Arsenal.


The Gunners can be backed at 1/8 to beat Vorskla on Thursday at the Emirates.

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