Arsenal must improve to challenge Premier League's top teams - Unai Emery

Arsenal thrashed Fulham 5-1 in their last Premier League match

Arsenal thrashed Fulham 5-1 in their last Premier League match

Fans chanted "We've got our Arsenal back" during the 5-1 win at Fulham before the global break, which took the Gunners to within two points of the league's leading trio of Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool. My focus is on every match; the football.

The statistics back up Emery's point, as Arsenal have the greatest Premier League differential between expected goals and goals scored. "After six matches winning in the Premier League, it hasn't changed. To stay with them, we need to do better and get better at different things". [We need] this calm because we [beat] a lot of opposition teams with very [poor] performances. He is starting this week to do some training with us together and it is very, very good news for us.

Unai Emery dodged questions about Aaron Ramsey's Arsenal future and did little to reassure the Wales global he is wanted at Emirates Stadium.

The Wales global had apparently looked set to sign a new four-year deal, but social media posts - which have since been deleted - from Ramsey's Avid Sports and Entertainment Group agents claimed early in October that Arsenal had changed their mind.

Unai Emery had the hard task of following the Gunners' most decorated and long-serving manager Arsene Wenger this summer. My reason, I explain to every player and to you also, I want the mentality for the next match.

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"After more than a month, if he feels first he is doing some things well, and then when he can play games in the training, we can start to think he is OK to play".

"I am not here to talk about individual cases but to talk more of the philosophy we are bringing", he told BBC Sport.

"I want his performance like the other players", Emery said.

Emery is confident Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be fit despite sitting out the second of Gabon's Africa Cup of Nations qualifying wins over South Sudan in the past week.

On Koscielny's return to light training, Emery added: "He is very important for us because he is our captain. For me it's not an excuse because we are preparing for Monday".

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