Unai Emery wants Arsenal to “write a new history” as they prepare for crunch clash with Liverpool

Arsenal boss Unai Emery wants his players to do more than just continue their unbeaten run – he wants the club to “write a new history”.

The Spaniard took over from longstanding Gunners boss Arsene Wenger in the summer, and suffered a tough start to life in the Emirates hotseat.

Defeats in their opening two matches to Manchester City and Chelsea posed a familiar problem to Arsenal – who took just six points from matches against top six rivals last season.

But since then, the North London club have gone on a 13-match unbeaten run, scoring 12 victories in the process.

As he prepared to welcome unbeaten Liverpool to the Emirates this evening Emery said: “We want to write a new history.

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“The new history is in the present and also, with our players, our quality and our capacity, I believe in my players and this project.

“We are starting this project with a very positive way with what we are doing.

“We are in our mentality that we also need to improve things but each match they are giving us a lot of information for improvement and development and I trust in my players.

“We are looking forward to playing against them, playing against a team like Liverpool.

“I think it’s a very difficult game, very difficult team, but for us it’s about success against them with our quality, our performance and also our respect.

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“Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool are in front of us in the table and now we want to compete against them and this test, I think, is a very important test but I trust in our players, I trust in our way.

“The result tomorrow is very important but first I want to show them, to show you and to show everybody our best mentality in the game.

“I know if we have a very big mentality in the game and a very big performance individually and collectively – and also we need some luck – then I think we can win.”

But Emery will be handicapped by injuries and suspensions with Hector Bellerin and fellow full-backs Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac all doubtrul along with Sokratis Papastathopoulos.

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Mohamed Elneny is also missing with a thigh injury while midfielder Matteo Guendouzi is suspended.


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