Emery: Arsenal won't sit back against Man City

Arnold Nichols
February 3, 2019

Suarez completed his loan move to Arsenal from Barcelona on transfer deadline day. Suarez, who only played twice for City's first team, has identified two Gunners greats as inspiration for him: record goal scorer Thierry Henry and his namesake Dennis Bergkamp.

"It's no change for him [Ozil]", he said.

Smith reasoned: "Arsenal fans would have loved to have seen a little bit more business, but they did manage to bring in Denis Suarez".

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery insists he will not follow the Newcastle blueprint for success against title-chasing Manchester City and believes attack may be the best form of defence at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

The Arsenal gaffer added: "I know the player [well] and he started to train individually yesterday. With Ramsey going out, Suarez can come in and play in a similar sort of position but the place they really needed strengthening was in defence", Smith told Sky Sports. It's good, his adaption has been quick.


The visit of fifth-placed Arsenal (16:30 GMT) marks the start of a crucial week for City, who slipped to third in the Premier League table on Saturday following Tottenham's 1-0 win over Newcastle.

The loan deal includes the option to sign Suarez full-time in the summer as the Spain worldwide links up with Emery again having played under his compatriot at Sevilla. "I think in Sunday's match every player will be with a very big ambition to show their best performance and quality against them".

"After, he played with Barcelona and was not in the first XI a lot of times, but he helped them there and played in the Champions League, in an important team with important players".

"I used to watch Bergkamp and Henry - they're both legends of the club and hopefully we can follow in their footsteps". I would prefer to be out in front like we were last season.

"So I think a lot will depend on him, obviously, but I think a lot will depend also on how well he fits with those players around him in the rest of the midfield".

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