Unai Emery relieved to have Laurent Koscielny back but won't rush him

Arsenal are on a nine-match winning streak in all competitions, but their chances of extending that run past the coming week will be severely tested.

And Emery believes City, Chelsea and Liverpool, who share the Premier League lead on 20 points from eight matches, remain the benchmark.

The Gunners then travel to Portugal for a Europa League tie against Sporting Lisbon on Thursday before returning to domestic action at Crystal Palace on Sunday.

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.

"I think we need to improve a lot", he said.

"The TV has the target to choose the matches Friday, Sunday, Monday". The next game against Leicester is very big, very hard.

"I think you've got to look at the situation and ask: 'How many top teams in the Premier League and elsewhere could he get in?'".

And while Petr Cech has been back on the training ground this week after a three-week injury layoff, Emery said he is not ready to play yet: "Petr Cech is getting better from his injury but he's not training with the group".


"The first two matches we lost against Manchester City and Chelsea".

"But he needs to continue his adaptation for us, for the Premier League, for the rhythm".

"I prefer to play Saturday or Sunday". 'He is starting this week to do some training with us together and it is very, very good news for us.

Meanwhile, Leicester manager Claude Puel insists he always knew Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette would come good. "For me it's not an excuse because we are preparing for Monday".

Unai Emery would not confirm if Aaron Ramsey has the potential to stay at Arsenal beyond the end of the season, but expects his performances not to drop.

"He was at Lyon and it wasn't easy to have the conversation or to sign a player from Lyon or from PSG for Lyon".

"He works all the time and he has kept his clinical edge and I am not surprised about his quality and his good work with Arsenal".


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