Emery: Champions League qualification more hard for Arsenal

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The suggestion had been that the German playmaker was still suffering with a knee injury and thus had not been risked for Saturday's game against Manuel Pellegrini's side.

And head coach Emery accepts it is going to be tough to steer Arsenal back into the Champions League, the club having missed out on the tournament in each of the past two seasons.

"At the age of 19, I don't think there are many players better than him in that holding midfield position".

The result means Manchester United will move level with Unai Emery's men with a victory at Tottenham on Sunday and could even overtake Arsenal should they win by three goals or more.

Mundo Deportivo reports that Suarez is keen on a move in order to reunite with his former boss Unai Emery, whose relationship with the 25-year-old is said to be a significant factor in Arsenal's attempt to lure the Spaniard over to the Emirates.

"We win with him, we lose with him".

"The big opportunity for us is that we can take in our hands the possibility to be closer to them". 'Now it's more hard, it's clear.

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Nasri joined the Hammers earlier this month following the expiration of his doping ban and made his first start for the club during this afternoon's 1-0 win over Arsenal. "We need to do more to be more competitive and to impose our ideas and our quality".

"The players who were here are the players who deserved to be in this match", added Emery after watching an Arsenal defeat that sees them remain fifth in the Premier League.

Emery answered: "Yes but I can say he is working this week normally".

One reporter then said: "You understand the interest in him as he far and away the best paid player at the club?"

"Sometimes he is helping us, at other moments not helping us because of his injury or because maybe the match is not for him".

"But he is a good player".

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