Friday 20 September 2019

Emery keen to inspire misfiring Gunners

Arsenal manager Unai Emery
Arsenal manager Unai Emery

Unai Emery admits he has had to help his Arsenal players recover their confidence after consecutive defeats damaged their Champions League hopes.

The Gunners suffered a shock 3-2 home loss to Crystal Palace last weekend before slipping to a midweek 3-1 reverse at Wolves.

The results leave Arsenal fifth, a point behind London rivals Chelsea in the final Champions League qualification spot.

Another tricky game lies ahead at Leicester tomorrow and Emery conceded he must lift his squad before heading to the King Power Stadium.

"The first target is to recover our confidence," he said. "We can build on this confidence each minute, each hour, each day, each week - and above all we're training and we're looking for a big performance for the three points.

"Individually for Sunday the first target is to think in our capacity and be consistent defensively and offensively.

"We need to adapt to them, but I think both are very important. We need to prepare ourselves and also adapt for them."

Arsenal's hopes of leaving the East Midlands with a positive result could be boosted by the return of top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Gabon striker missed the Wolves defeat after undergoing a small sinus procedure. Emery is unsure if Aubameyang will be available but is hopeful he will train and push to be involved.

While Barcelona loanee Denis Suarez will also have a groin injury assessed, Aaron Ramsey will again miss out with a hamstring problem.

The clash with Leicester was scheduled for Monday night but was rescheduled after Arsenal reached the semi-final of the Europa League - their first-leg tie at home to Valencia is on Thursday.

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers will hope Jurgen Klopp continues to pay his rent on time even if he is unable to help his tenant in the title race.

Liverpool manager Klopp rents former Anfield boss Rodgers' Merseyside house.

The German joked he would withhold payment in an attempt to help motivate Leicester ahead of their May 6 game against Manchester City.

"I don't think it's a secret I'm his landlord," said Rodgers.

"He is a funny guy and is a very good tenant. He always pays up on time. He's very good!''

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