Arsenal boss Unai Emery has spoken following the 3-2 win over Al-Nasr in a friendly match played on Tuesday to bring the Premier League side’s training camp in Dubai to an end. Star players Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette, Bernd Leno and Denis Suarez were among the players in the starting line-up for the Gunners.
Goals from Carl Jenkinson, Lacazette and youngster, Tyreece John-Jules saw Arsenal cancel out Ronnie Fernandez’s opening goal in the 14th minute, while Khalid Jalal’s late penalty only served as consolation for Al-Nasr in the match which was also used to mark the official opening of the 15,000-capacity Al Maktoum Stadium.
Following the game, Emery was satisfied with the performance of the players who were available for the Dubai training camp: “Some players are away with their national teams, others are here, and we have also had two weeks without a match so it’s important to keep moving forward in our training and in our matches. Every player is different but they all have lots of responsibility,” he said.
Emery added: “We also trained with good facilities. We discovered all the things that we wanted to here, and we also played a good match with our supporters here. We have a lot of supporters here in Dubai and we also brought a lot over.”
He also said: “It’s very, very positive. Al Nasr pushed us hard and gave a good performance in the first 45 minutes. We got our rhythm back in the second period and settled to control the game. Tonight we provided chances to our young players and we played in a good rhythm, which was important for us.”
The Arsenal boss went on comment on the top-four race: “It’s our objective but we know that we have to wait. We are working and being competitive each match. Now, in these next eight matches, we need to play with a lot of personality like we did against Manchester United.
Emery continued: “We are taking confidence to have chances in the last matches. Each match is our next objective and we think game by game. The next game is at home with our supporters against Newcastle, so it’s up to us to enjoy each match with the possibility of finding the three points.”
He also commented on the importance of the Europa League in shaping their season: “The second way of [qualifying for the Champions League] is through the Europa League. We can play for one title and then also to take another way to reach the Champions League. We are in a good moment in good confidence, and also in a good moment physically.”
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