Emery prepared for 'difficult' challenge

  • by Staff Writer
  • Thursday, 10th January 2019

Arsenal boss Unai Emery says his Arsenal side will have their work cut out when they make the short trip to Stratford this weekend.

Emery, speaking to the media on Thursday ahead of Saturday's big London derby at the Olympic Stadium is expecting to face a far tougher challenge than when the two sides last met.

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That August 2018 meeting ended in a 3-1 win for Arsenal, although the Gunners were forced to wait until the 70th minute before taking the lead that day.

Adn Emery believes that Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini has his team well drilled now, even though they are missing a string of first team regulars though injury.

"Pellegrini is a very good coach, with a lot of experience," Emery told the media. "Here he's won the Premier League with Manchester City.

"I know he needs time to create his idea with the team. I think they are improving and they also have good individual players with quality. Players like Anderson, like Arnautovic, who are very good players.

"They are also playing at home with their supporters and that's difficult for us.

"Each away match is a very big challenge for us to find consistency and progression with our way. Saturday is a new challenge. We are [determined] to play [well] and to work hard in finding our victory."

Arsenal travel to east London fifth in the Premier League, three points behind Chelsea in fourth but 13 points clear of West Ham despite just five places separating the two sides.

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