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Emery on Arsenal’s tough Bournemouth game and the difficulty of finishing in the Top Four

Arsenal are now on a 16 game unbeaten run, but with four recent draws we are not looking quite so unbeatable at the moment. So we should be a little concerned ahead of our game against Bournemouth this weekend as the Cherries are only four points behind us in 6th place in the Premier League.

A defeat will definitely make us look vulnerable to be overtaken. Unai Emery is well aware of the challenges ahead. He told : “I think one of the characteristics of the Premier League is the fact every game is very demanding and you need to overcome that if you want to finish in the top four,”

“In terms of the difficulty of the teams, it’s not just the top teams but all of the teams in the league are very difficult because they all have good players and I think that’s what makes the Premier League as far as I know the most competitive league around.

“I think in comparison with the leagues in France and Spain, taking Spain for example, that was a league in which every team was very tricky and it made sure that you needed to know a lot about them. It meant that your preparation had to be spot on and it meant that your instructions to the team throughout all 90 minutes had to be very good.

“That was unlike France in a sense that PSG were so superior that the competitive aspect wasn’t so apparent, but it’s something I am rediscovering here in England and so in terms of my competitive level, I need that to be very high and I want to convey that to the players so that we get the best out of them.

“In terms of Bournemouth, that’s been my focus ever since the end of the Wolves game, I know that we are going to have to play at a very high level in order to get the three points because Bournemouth are doing some great work, they have some fantastic players. I think that most of all, they have that confidence at the moment which is making them a truly tough proposition.”

After so many draws an away game at Bournemouth will be a real test if we can keep pace with the Top Four and also give some daylight to the following pack. We cannot underestimate how important this game is to our season….


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