Unai Emery reads riot act to Arsenal players ahead of Liverpool showdown

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Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has urged his team to “write a new history” by beating Liverpool on Saturday to improve their record against the top six.

The Gunners have endured a torrid time against the Premier League’s finest in recent years. Since the beginning of the 2015-16 season, Arsenal have won just five out of 32 meetings with Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea, comfortably the worst record of all with just 26 points in total.

 City and Liverpool lead the way with 49 points while United have 48, Tottenham have 46 and Chelsea 44.
 The Gunners were beaten by City and Chelsea at the start of the season but have since embarked on an 11-match winning streak which only came to an end with a 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace last weekend.

However, they are currently without a win in six games against Jurgen Klopp’s side and when confronted with their poor form in big matches, Emery said: “We want to write a new history. 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 thing but each match they are giving us a lot of information for improvement and development and I trust in my players.

“I think each match is a very important match and each match for us is very important. The most important is tomorrow. It’s a very big test because it’s against Liverpool, they are a very good team, an intense team and they require a lot of work for us to battle them but I believe in our team and our players.

“We are also doing our way. Historically, they say there are a lot of goals in matches between Arsenal and Liverpool and the most important thing for us is that every supporter can enjoy this match. But we want to enjoy winning.”

Liverpool’s fabled front-three Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane all scored against Arsenal in their two League meetings last term and Emery admitted his players must cope better with the visitors’ triple threat.

“We want to not allow them to have or to do, in the 90 minutes, their jobs,” he said. “They have quality with individual players and also their collective and tactical capacity also. One is their transitions, two is also that they are developing a lot with the goalkeeper because they build up on this work with Alisson and the centre-backs and the midfield players.

“They can progress on the pitch with a lot of quality, starting with Alisson. And also, when they are playing in the transition and attacking moments with very quick players like Mane, like Firmino and like Salah.

“We need also to do a big match in individual duels against them and also tactically, I think we need to be together and play with our capacity, identity and style and we need to impose on them. It’s very difficult and not possible for 90 minutes to impose our style in every moment but in moments in the game, we need to impose our style and ideas and our quality with our players and this is the duel for the 90 minutes.”

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