HERE IS WHAT EMERY SAID AFTER ARSENAL’S 3-0 WIN AT THE EMIRATES STADIUM



Unai Emery says he was pleased with the way his players bounced back from last week’s defeat to BATE Borisov as they comfortably overcame the Belarussians at the Emirates to progress 3-1 on aggregate. An own goal by Zakhar Volkov after 4 minutes set the Gunners on their way to a comfortable 3-0 victory which was completed by Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis who both headed home Granit Xhaka corners either side of the break. Having been below par a week ago, Emery said he was thankful his players could complete the turnaround.


HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 09: Unai Emery, Manager of Arsenal reacts during the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Arsenal FC at John Smith’s Stadium on February 09, 2019 in Huddersfield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

“We wanted this result,” he told BT Sport. “Also we wanted to play for our supporters here, to improve and build our mentality after first match away, which was not good. “We did our best to come back (in the tie) and the team worked very well. “But we also had to take precautions because if they scored they can be back in the match. Our message was if we score, carry on. “If we scored two, carry on. Carry on and carry on. We needed two, three or four goals for more precaution in the 90 minutes.”

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 25: An injured Sokratis Papastathopoulos of Arsenal in discussion with Unai Emery, Manager of Arsenal as he is given assistance during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Arsenal and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on January 25, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

On a quiet evening at a half-empty Emirates Stadium – both the calibre of opposition and the awkward kick off time playing a role – Emery’s vigorous celebration of each goal really stood out. Having come in for criticism over his tactics and team selection in recent weeks, he took comfort from his players executing his plan.

Arsenal’s Unai Emery looks on dejected during the premier league match at the Emirates Stadium, London. Picture date12th August 2018. Picture credit should read: David Klein/Sportimage via PA Images

“The players did our game plan as we wanted,” he explained. “They arrived in the box a lot with a lot of crosses. And we showed the efficiency we went, which we didn’t have away.”

Arsenal will find out their opponents in the next round today with their fellow London club Chelsea also making it to the next round.

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Arsenal vs BATE 3-0 (AGG 3-1) – Highlights (DOWNLOAD VIDEO)

Arsenal vs BATE 3-0 (AGG 3-1)Highlights Download 20 February 2019 UEFA Europa League

Just three changes for Arsenal who see Kolasinac drop to the bench while Maitland-Niles and Lacazette fail to make the squad. The latter, as you may recall, picked up a red card in the 85th minute of the reverse fixture. In his stead comes Aubameyang, while Ozil and Lichtsteiner take the places of the other absentees. January signing Denis Suarez continues to come off the bench since his move from Barcelona, but will surely be hoping to come on and make an impact for his new club.

Arsenal substitutes: Bernd Leno, Sokratis, Sead Kolasinac, Lucas Torreira, Aaron Ramsey, Denis Suarez, Eddie Nketiah.

Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Petr Cech; Stephan Lichtsteiner, Shkodran Mustafi, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal; Matteo Guendouzi, Granit Xhaka; Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mesut Ozil, Alex Iwobi; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

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Arsenal v BATE Borisov: Match Preview, Team News, Predicted XI | Europa League 2018-19.


Will #Arsenal be the first major casualty in the round of 16 fixtures of the Europa league?

Last midweek saw one of the biggest upsets of the season so far when the Belarusian club #BATE Borisov stunned Arsenal at their home in the Borisov #Arena. The 1-0 victory at home put themselves in pole position to qualify to the quarterfinals of this competition for the very first time in their history.


#Arsenal had a day to forget last midweek in Belarus even though they dominated the stats. The Gunners though will have everything to play for at the Emirates, as they look to overturn their first-leg defeat to qualify to the quarterfinals of the competition.


BATE Borisov is still in their preseason with the Belarusian league still a month to go. BATE will be playing only their second competitive fixture since mid-December and will look to hold on to their single goal advantage. 


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Alexandre Lacazette remains the only absentee in the Arsenal squad after the French striker was given the marching orders in the first leg of this fixture.


The non-presence of Mesut Ozil in the starting XI will be a major question among their supporters, with Unai Emery keeping the German magician out of the team in crunch matches.


Midfielder Aaron Ramsey and centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos are also expected to feature in this game.


BATE Borisov


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BATE Borisov have no major injury concerns or suspensions to worry about. Former Arsenal man Alexander Hleb is once again likely to start the match for the Belarusian side. 


Probable Lineup


Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Cech; Lichtsteiner, Mustafi, Koscielny, Sokratis; Guendouzi, Xhaka, Torreira, Mkhitaryan, Iwobi; Aubameyang  


BATE Borisov (4-3-3): Scherbitsk; Rios, Volkov, Filipenko, Filipovic; Baga, Dragun, Hleb; Milic, Skavysh, Stasevich


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Arsenal line up for BATE Borisov, updates and Lacazette replacement.

French striker's suspension could see Unai Emery give Mesut Ozil a chance at redemption


MESUT OZIL'S opportunity to win Unai Emery over may have arrived.


Arsenal, without the suspended Alexandre Lacazette, are in need of a hero for Thursday night's must-win clash with BATE Borisov at the Emirates.

Unai Emery's first season at Arsenal could hinge on the Europa League and Thursday's clash with BATE Borisov

The Belarusian champions shocked the Gunners with a 1-0 home win last week in the first leg of their Europa League round of 32 tie.

Emery, the Europa League specialist, must see the competition as a potential back door to next season's Champions League.

And so the Spaniard will consider whether to trust Ozil for the crucial clash.

Aaron Ramsey and Sokratis Papastathopoulos are available but Emery could be without Ainsley Maitland-Niles due to illness, with Stephan Lichtsteiner ready to step in.

OPTION A: With Alexandre Lacazette suspended, Mesut Ozil could come into the starting line-up

Ozil could be the hero Emery and Arsenal need after losing the first leg in Belarus

Ainsley Maitland-Niles is a doubt due to sickness

Arsenal are only one point off fourth-place Man United in the Premier League, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to have turned the Red Devils into top-four certainties.

Arsenal's season may end up hinge on tonight's game.

So the former Sevilla boss may take no risks with his selection, seeing Bernd Leno as a possible replacement for cup keeper Petr Cech.

The industrial Lucas Torreira could return to the team after starting on the bench last week.

OPTION B: Emery may opt for his strongest XI without Ozil and playing Bernd Leno

And Ramsey may prove to be the departing hero again as he prepares for his Gunners swansong.

Regardless of his team selection, Emery believes the Emirates crowd can play their part.

He said: "If we can create a big atmosphere tomorrow, then it is very important.

"The supporters want to watch our team play with the best performance possible."

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Latest Arsenal transfer rumours: Ramsey replacement found, Gunners eye stunning striker move

The January transfer window may have been and gone, but already attention has turned towards the summer and Arsenal are being linked with a number of different players.


There may still be plenty to be decided this season, but that hasn't stopped the rumour mill getting into full swing ahead of the summer transfer window.


And below, we take a look at the latest transfer rumours surrounding Arsenal and possible incomings in the summer. 
 


Steven N'Zonzi 


Reports in Italy suggest that should Arsenal move for Monchi, the Roma director of football could bring Steven N’Zonzi with him to the Emirates Stadium.


The Italian club are hoping to revolutionise their squad in the summer, but will need to raise funds to do so. And despite becoming a key part of the team this year, N’Zonzi is one of the names linked with an exit by  Calciomercatonews .


The rationale behind it is that he’s an ageing midfielder, and his value is only likely to drop from now on, so they might as well try to get the most money they can squeeze out of him.


Steven Nzonzi with Monchi after joining Roma in 2015. Photo: Cristina Quicler/AFP/Getty Images

And having brought N’Zonzi from Sevilla to Roma, Monchi could take the Frenchman to London if he makes the move, where Unai Emery is a big N’Zonzi fan.


Spurs are also said to be of interest to N’Zonzi, who apparently is keen on a return to the Premier League, following his successful spell at Stoke City.


 

Houssem Aouar


Barcelona have been ‘seduced’ by Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar, who Arsenal are also keeping tabs on.


The 21-year-old has had a great season in Ligue 1, and will be facing Barca in the Champions League last 16 - and according to  L’Equipe via Sport Witness  the Spanish club are keen on making a move.


Houssem Aouar facing AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League in February 2017. Photo: Jean-Philippe Ksiazek/AFP/Getty Images

The Catalan giants have reportedly already begun contact with his agents, though with his contract set until 2023, any move would prove expensive.


The Gunners see Aouar as a possible replacement for Aaron Ramsey, though they are also tracking Adrien Rabiot, as are Barcelona.


Ever Banega



Arsenal are reportedly ready to open talks to sign Ever Banega in the summer.


Unai Emery is a big fan of the midfielder, having worked with him previously at Sevilla and Valencia, but attempts to sign him in January could not be pursued due to a lack of funds.


Ever Banega (Image: CRISTINA QUICLER / AFP)

Banega’s buy-out clause is around £17m, but the midfielder will turn 31 before the start of next season. Added to the £18m option to buy Denis Suarez in the summer (which Arsenal will presumably take), this would not leave much room for other reinforcements should the Gunners fail to make the Champions League.


However, it is being reported that Emery sees Banega as the man to replace Aaron Ramsey in the summer, according to the  Mirror .


 

Che Adams


The Gunners are one of a number of Premier League clubs to have been linked with a shock swoop for Birmingham City striker Che Adams.


The Birmingham Mail reports that Arsenal, along with north London rivals Tottenham and Manchester United, are keeping tabs on the 22-year-old, who has shone in the second tier so far this season.


Celtic, Southampton and Watford have also been linked, while Burnley were understood to have had bids turned down for Adams on transfer deadline day.


Che Adams of Birmingham City has been linked with several different clubs. Photo: Alex Morton/Getty Images

It is no surprise that there is interest, with Adams netting 19 goals in 32 games so far this season, including three hat-tricks.


He does have three years left on his current contract with Birmingham, and both the player and his manager Garry Monk have reiterated that he is committed to the Blues.


But with uncertainty over FFP and how Birmingham might be affected, all interested clubs will be monitoring the situation closely ahead of the summer.


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