Arsenal manager Unai Emery preparing for 'difficult' Newcastle United test

Tanya Simon
September 14, 2018

"Firstly we need to win and I think it is very important that in the last match we won", the Spanish manager told reporters on Thursday.

Laurent Koscielny has stepped up his rehabilitation from an Achilles injury by starting ball work but he still isn't due back until November while Sead Kolasinac is out until next month with a knee injury.

"Arsenal's players are not the only ones who have been away on global duty of course, but this might be a good time for Newcastle to play them".

Suggestions have been made that Rafa Benitez should play a more attacking formation, but with another top six side in front of them that is unlikely.

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With Ozil having retired from worldwide football, Emery has had a prolonged opportunity to work with his highest-profile and best-paid player over this past fortnight and is adamant that they do have a strong relationship.

Attack: Aaron Ramsey was deployed in the advanced central midfield role against West Ham and Cardiff before the global break so we could see the Welshman keep his place on Saturday.

However, he returned for a 3-2 win away to Cardiff before the worldwide break and is expected to keep his place for the trip to St James' Park.

Ozil has become a bit of a conundrum for Emery after the club's highest-paid player got off to a slow start to the season, which was also interrupted by an illness that fuelled rumours of a rift between the two. Aubameyang is comfortable on the wing and Lacazette proved his worth with a superb victor so I see no reason why they both shouldn't keep their places.

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