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Gunners can do something great this campaign, maintains Emery

Looking up: Unai Emery
Looking up: Unai Emery

By Simon Peach

Unai Emery believes Arsenal can achieve something important this season, appearing to suggest they can finish in the top four and challenge Liverpool and Manchester City at the top.

The Gunners have lost only once in the Premier League this term and were third ahead of the weekend's fixtures while they have enjoyed success in the Carabao Cup and Europa League with more games to come in those competitions before October is over.

Arsenal lost out to Chelsea in the final of the Europa League last season and finished fifth, but Emery is positive they can achieve even more after chats with head of football Raul Sanllehi and technical director Edu.

"I am speaking every day with Raul, Edu and with the players," Emery said ahead of their trip to Sheffield United tonight. "Our work is more important than our speak (words) and really now I am very happy at the club. I am really happy with the players. The last two, three, four weeks, every player is working very well.

"This is why we can be positive and we can think we are going to do something important this year. I was speaking with Raul and this is the same idea when he is speaking with me."

A feather in Emery's cap is his use of young, English players with Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Rob Holding, Calum Chambers, Reiss Nelson, Joe Willock, Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka all handed opportunities.

He believes they are a key part of the process which will see the Gunners return to the upper echelons of the table.

"We're using the young players to achieve the performance, giving them confidence and experience in the matches," Emery added.

  • Sheffield Utd v Arsenal, Premier League, Bramall Lane, Tonight, 8pm

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