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Arsenal boss Emery: ‘We can do even better’

Gunners set to face Huddersfield at the Emirates Stadium after players came away disappointed not to win at Old Trafford

07 December, 2018 — By Steve Barnett

Unai Emery: ‘We know we can do better and if we play like that on Saturday against Huddersfield, we will win three more points’

UNAI Emery is confident that Arsenal will bag the points against Huddersfield tomorrow (Saturday) if they repeat the performance they put in at Old Trafford in midweek.

The Gunners boss saw his side extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to 20 games on Wednesday with a 2-2 draw against Manchester United.

Having twice surrendered a lead, Emery said he was “pleased” that the players looked disappointed as they left the pitch as it showed they thought they should have won the match.

And the Spaniard is convinced that “with a little rest” his charges will be just “as positive” this weekend when the Terriers visit the Emirates Stadium.

“In the tactical analysis of the game against Manchester United, I think we improved a lot in the 90 minutes and in the second half, I think we were better than them,” he said. “But we know we can do better and if we play like that on Saturday against Huddersfield, we will win three more points.

“Usually United create a lot of chances at Old Trafford, but I don’t think we conceded a lot of chances. For us, for our confidence, our level in the competition and our way, we can think very positively.

“If we win on Saturday, it’s a positive. I say to the players that we need to finish the week like this, but first is a good rest because the players are very tired, and that is normal after Sunday’s game against Tottenham and then the game at Old Trafford because they were very demanding on us physically.”

Emery is waiting to discover the extent of Rob Holding’s injury after the 23-year-old was taken off on a stretcher against United following a collision with Marcus Rashford.

He added: “The doctors think it may be a big injury, maybe his knee.”

Aaron Ramsey is also set to miss Saturday’s game with an ankle problem.

Despite the growing list of names heading for the treatment room, Emery isn’t about to rush club captain Laurent Koscielny back into action. The 33-year-old hasn’t played a first-team match since rupturing his achilles during the Europa League semi-final against Atletico Madrid in May.

“Laurent is very close to playing for us. He played two matches for the Under-23s – the last one being on Tuesday,” said Emery. “When are we now thinking he will start playing with us? I don’t know if Saturday is a possibility, but we’re thinking the Europa League game against Qarabag on Thursday could be a good match for him.”

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