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Arsenal boss Emery: We are ready for north London derby

Gunners aim to bounce back against Spurs after defeat at Anfield

29 August, 2019 — By Steve Barnett

Unai Emery

ARSENAL boss Unai Emery is feeling “optimistic” ahead of this Sunday’s showdown against north London rivals Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium.

Both teams are going into the mouth-watering Premier League fixture off the back of their first defeats of the season, with the Gunners losing 3-1 at Liverpool, while Spurs suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat against Newcastle.

Emery, however, is only “looking forward”, and says his team are “ready” to tackle their capital counterparts.

“We didn’t have a bad game at Anfield, in my opinion, because we defended well and Liverpool didn’t have a lot of chances,” said the Spaniard.

“We had shots as well but they’re a good team. Let’s look forward.

“The result against Liverpool means we’re not happy, but we can be optimistic.

“We have nothing to take from this game, or other games, ahead of Sunday because it’s a derby. We know how important it is for the fans, the club and for us. We have shown in the last few years that we can have very good games against them.”

Meanwhile, Emery has hinted that he is ready to let Nacho Monreal leave the club before the European transfer window slams shut on Monday.

Real Sociedad are keen to wrap up a deal for the 33-year-old defender, who is in the final year of his Arsenal contract and unlikely to be offered a new deal to extend his stay.

Emery says he is open to the offer – which could bring in around £3million for the club – but, with the transfer leaving Sead Kolasinac as Arsenal’s only available left-back, he is unhappy that he wouldn’t then have the option to sign a replacement.

“He is a very big professional for us,” said Emery. “In Europe they don’t finish the transfer window yet, but we are going to speak about all the situations and the possibilities.

“It’s the reason I was speaking about it not being normal that we finish two weeks ago but in Europe the window is still open, so the squad is not completely closed for us at the moment.

“Some players can leave but we cannot sign another and it depends how we can decide about some circumstances with some players.”

Shkodran Mustafi is also expected to leave, with the player’s father and agent saying it is “best” for both parties if the club can help him secure a move.

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